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Mostarda di Frutta – Italian Mustard Fruits

December 7, 2016

Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment made of mustard, red wine, and various dried and fresh fruits. It’s sweet but not too sweet, spicy but not too spicy! Perfect with grilled meats, cheese, charcuterie, or anything you like!

Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com

I can’t remember (this blog already has over 100 posts and my memory sucks) if I told you that I am a grocery shopping junkie. All other kinds of shopping (clothes, tools, home decor) are not much of an interest to me. Or should I say, I hate them. There is something about groceries that attract me and force me to spend hours in a supermarket. In fact, I know what it is. The desire to taste things I have never tried or even seen before! That’s exactly the same craving that led me to create this blog. So I am not that kind of a junkie throwing everything my eyes see into a cart. I am more like someone standing in front of an Asian shelf for twenty minutes and choosing what new to try today. Yes, sometimes I end up buying too much of strange stuff my taste buds can’t even stand. Stuff happens.

Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com

On one of such grocery scavenging days, I stumbled upon the most wonderful thing I’ve tasted in a long time. It looked like some sort of fruit preserves but the label said that it wasn’t your ordinary jam or anything like that. The fruits were mixed with… Mustard! I was sold immediately. In a blink of an eye. The label also said that this mixture is called Mostarda di Frutta and that it comes from Italy. Sounded good to me!

Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com

My wife was skeptical at first because fruit and mustard are not a combo you would normally expect. However, after trying it with roasted turkey and cheese (like the label suggested) her doubts vanished like cotton candy at the circus. The flavor was fantastic! We finished the jar on the very next day. Not because we swallowed it like crazy. The jar was really really small and, as you can guess from such a fancy name as Mostarda di Frutta, it cost me a fortune. D’oh!

Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com

I started looking for ways to replicate this goodness at home. After a few days of trying tons of different recipes, I think I found the one! The closest version to the Mostarda I bought in my local shop. Sweet but not too sweet, spicy but not too spicy… Perfection. I made a bowlful of this divine condiment and it cost me 10 times less. I’m happy as a horse!

Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com

Mostarda traces its roots to a Northern Italy. It’s not something created a few years ago and just produced in Italy. It’s a true traditional condiment served with boiled meats for centuries! You can serve it with grilled meats, sausages, pork chops, cheese, charcuterie, anything you like. Try this goodness and come back to thank me later. Oh, you will! Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com

5 from 2 votes
Mostarda di Frutta is a traditional Italian condiment combining mustard, red wine, and various fruits. Perfect with grilled meats, cold cuts, or cheese! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Mostarda di Frutta - Italian Mustard Fruits
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Mostarda di Frutta is an Italian condiment consisting of mustard, red wine, and dried fruit. Great with meat and cheese!

Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 cups
Calories Per Serving: 2460 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 4 dried figs , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried apple , roughly chopped
  • 1 pear , peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup mustard seeds
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the figs, apricots, cherries, apple, and pear. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, add the wine, sugar, and honey and bring to a boil. Boil for 8-10 minutes, until slightly syrupy (it won't get really thick until the next day). Remove from heat and stir in the mustard and mustard seeds.
  3. Pour the mixture over the fruits and let sit until the next day in a fridge. It will thicken and become more syrupy. Serve with grilled meats, cheese, or anything you like. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I used Dijon mustard for this recipe but you can use any mustard you like. If you want more heat, use a spicy mustard.

Adapted from Evelyn/Athens recipe on Food.com

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish December 7, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe on so many levels! And I love grocery shopping too!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks, Suzy!

  • Reply Lisa | Garlic + Zest December 8, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I would spread this on everything! Seriously gorgeous and I love all the flavors!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      I am so glad you liked it, Lisa! This fruit mustard is really gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply valentina December 8, 2016 at 12:45 am

    How delicious! I can think of so many things I’d love to serve this with.


    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Yes, Valentina, there are so many ways to use it!

  • Reply Ilona @ Ilona's Passion December 8, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I always love to see what recipe you created. Very delicious!

    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      It’s always nice to read such heart-warming words ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Platter Talk December 8, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Very interesting and exciting new condiment recipe. I’m looking forward to making some for myself.


    • Reply Igor December 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      There is no way you won’t love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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