I had read about the frenzy of passata making in Annie Hawes' Ligurian trilogy and it should not surprise me that it is an Italy-wide phenomenon. The glut of tomatoes at this time of year and their prevalence as a basic ingredient in Italian cooking make this inevitable.
The evidence of all this activity is there in the supermarkets:
Big pans for boiling the jars in the Fasano hypermarket
A tomato press in a local furniture store
Tomato buckets and burners for the pots in a Locorotondo supermarket
And what should I find on YouTube but our neighbours Mino Maggi, with sister Zia and wife Carole, demonstrating the bottling and boiling of tomatoes.
How different from rain-soaked England!
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