If you read our last blog, you know that we are now permanently living in Bella Italia and have been here since the end of May. Since then, we have been working hard to settle in and there has also been some good progress on the renovations at Fonte Martino. We promise to write about the updates very soon, but now we have a different story to tell…
Picture it, Montepulciano…May 2018. (For all you Golden Girls fans out there…you get it!) We arrived at Fonte Martino and it was in the middle of a jungle! Unfortunately, we made the mistake of waiting to mow the lawn until we arrived. During mowing, cutting, chopping, and trimming our three plus acres, we discovered that we had many plum trees. Now, if you follow our blog, you know that we wrote about eating these amazing plums from our tree last July (2017). We knew we had at least two trees, but what we didn’t know is that we actually have seven! We were very excited because these seven trees were covered in little baby plums.
We immediately starting thinking of all the possibilities…plum preserves, plum tarts, plum cake, shaved fresh fennel salad with plums – the list goes on and on. For the next two months, we were constantly checking on the plums and imagining all the delicious possibilities. We knew these wonderful purple globes would be ready to pick in July, which could not come soon enough.
After one of our weekly Italian lesson with Professoressa Gaia…who is a Saint and so patient with us, we walked her to her car. When we passed the plum trees, Gaia told us that they are a local variety known as “Nun’s thighs”. We thought this was a really unique name and asked why they were called that. Gaia said because they are round and plump…just like (some) nun’s thighs! Needless to say, we found this adorable and now smile whenever we see the trees.
Finally, after a long two-month wait, the green plums turned into beautiful purple globes of sweetness warmed by the Tuscan sun. We just could not stop eating them!
It was time to pick the plums and so we took our baskets and went from tree to tree. Only the ripest, sweetest, most purple globes were chosen. Before we knew it, our baskets were heaping and we didn’t even put a dent into the number of plums our trees have gifted us. The first thing we wanted to do was make the very first Fonte Martino Plum Preserves. Thoughts of warm croissants with our very own preserves swirled through our minds.
After washing and removing the pits, we began to cook them in a large pot. We added a little sugar and soon they were boiling away. The intoxicating smell filled our home as we waited for the plums to turn into preserves. After what seems like an eternity but was actually only an hour or so, the first batch of preserves were finished! After two months of waiting, a morning spent picking only the most perfectly ripe fruit, and an hour of cooking, it was finally time to taste the very first Fonte Martino Plum Preserves on a warm croissant. One word…Heaven! Our seven plum trees gave us a wonderful gift of fruit that we then turned into delicious preserves. It doesn’t get much better than this…
How beautiful that you made something to treasure through the cold winter months! Where is a picture of that plum crostata that looked and tasted so good? Have fun and enjoy! Much Love!
It’s nice to hear things are going so well!! Preserves sound great!!
Looks. Delicious. !!!!!!!
Omg I love the name, nuns thigh. Your bounty looks great. Wish I was there enjoying some with the warm corissants. Best of luck to the both of you.
So awesome. I watched you on House Hunters International and fell in love with two. We are staying in Montipulciano July of 2019. There are about 20 of us. My husband and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and our family is joining us. My husband and I would love to see your site. This will be our 3rd trip to Montipulciano and not our last. We will for sure stay at your place on our next visit. You have done wonders to this place. It is beautiful. Looking forward to meeting you next July.
Thank you so much for watching and we are so happy you liked our episode! We want to wish you and your husband a sincere congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary! It would be our pleasure to meet you and your husband next July and give a tour of Fonte Martino. We are looking forward to it!
Hey David! I’ve been following your blog and watching the renovations! Love the plum trees…we had one in our backyard when I was a kid. My niece, who is 20, really wants to tour Italy, especially Tuscany, at some point, and she loved watching your House Hunters episode. When I told her that I knew you, she and her college roommate went crazy! So we may need to make a trip out your way sometime in the next couple of years. Wishing you and Toby good luck with the evolution of your dream, and maybe see you sometime!
Hi Kathi! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our journey…it’s really an amazing experience, and we would love for you and your niece to visit!