Mugolio, Pine Cone Bud Syrup
Mugolio is a distinctive syrup created by forager Eleonora Cunaccia of Primitivizia in the heart of the Dolomite Alps National Park in Trento, Italy. Eleonora is one of the few residents in the area given permission to gather by hand the tender young buds of the Mugo pine in early May. She macerates the fragrant buds in water and sugar during the sunny summer months until September, when the must is filtered. The resulting syrup is cooked over low fire with additional sugar until thick and dark brown.
Mugolio is a burst of pine resin and sweet mountain flavors of delicate maple, rosemary, and wild herbs.
Drizzle over a pork roast, grilled chicken, or very ripe cheeses. It is also wonderful on gelato, panna cotta, yogurt and roasted fruit. Try substituting for maple syrup for a new flavor. Even perfect in cocktails like a martini!