Neither smoked nor blasted by winds like the seasonal Bura, Istrian pršut (prosciutto) is helped along in its drying process by the removal of the pigskin prior to salting. The resulting meat can be extremely delicate and is best served as thinly sliced as possible. It lends itself well to moreish sessions of nibbling, the lean, meat strips melting in the mouth and best washed down with a glass of Istrian Malvasia.
Istria is a region of varying soil types and just as varied geography, lending itself well to produce a huge range of crops within several micro-climates. With vineyards and olive groves perched on its inland inclines, interspersed with forests, rivers, and the sea never far away, it's a gastronomic paradise with every natural resource at its door. Great online co-operative Istrian market collects small growers and producers together and you can pick up all kinds of vegetables and fruits grown locally from them. But, if you're looking to push the boat out this Easter, here are some ideas of premium products that are available in Croatia (and internationally) which you can order online.
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