Only the best tomatoes make it into each jar of Masseria Dauna’s whole tomatoes, selected by hand in the fields that dot the hilly slopes of Puglia’s Dauni mountains. Each perfectly ripe fruit must be bursting with sweetness and rich umami flavor, nurtured by the hot sun that marks most days in the southern region (Puglia gets, on average, 2,500 hours of sun every year!). They’re then carefully hand-peeled to protect the integrity of the fruit, quick-cooked and jarred in pure water—all within hours of harvest! What you get is the most delicious, well-balanced tomato flavor that’s ready to use in any dish you dream up.
On the southern heel of Italy's boot, Puglia is known for its beautiful whitewashed towns, white sand beaches, and rich agricultural history. The hot southern sun is a boon for Puglia’s most popular crops: figs, tomatoes, and olives. Founded by the Pozzuto sisters in 2001, Masseria Dauna is a woman-owned and operated company dedicated to preserving Puglian culture with integrity and authenticity. They grow their tomatoes in Lucera, on the hills of the Dauni mountains, where the scorching heat meets cool mountain breezes.
They use a technique called arid culture to grow their tomatoes, a more sustainable form of agriculture that does not require intense watering, but rather relies on the natural strength of the soil to nourish the fruit. The result is incredibly concentrated flavor that’s never thin or sour. The tomatoes are picked, washed, and processed by hand, and go from field to jar within three hours to capture the absolute peak of freshness. Masseria Dauna’s products are preserved simply and without any additives to maintain the authentic taste of ripe tomatoes.