PivnitaBunicii

Handcrafted Artisan Food and Drinks from Transylvania

Thames Ditton, England · 164 Sales

PivnitaBunicii

Handcrafted Artisan Food and Drinks from Transylvania

Thames Ditton, England 164 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   These products are all shipped from the UK.
We ship internationally as well!
Unfortunately we can’t courier our cordials. If you live locally we can deliver on orders over £20. Please message us before ordering to arrange this.

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Last updated on 20 Sep, 2018

These products are all shipped from the UK.
We ship internationally as well!
Unfortunately we can’t courier our cordials. If you live locally we can deliver on orders over £20. Please message us before ordering to arrange this.

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Today our team have been busy making mushroom relish / zacusca. Have you tried it yet?
Our world famous wildflower meadow honey is back in stock!
Cured meats, cheese and preserved vegetables are the perfect accompaniment for our chutneys and relishes. shopping_bags available from our UK based Etsy shop and our shop in Saschiz. #TasteTransylvania #DraculasDelight
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About

Pivnita Bunicii - Grandma's Cellar

Just like Grandma used to make

We are a social enterprise based in Transylvania and funded by impact investment from the UK. Our production facility is in the town of Saschiz which is one of four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area which is one of the Europe’s most important natural and cultural landscapes, including some of the finest pristine wildflower-rich grasslands. The landscape is the result of centuries of good husbandry by local farming communities. It creates a unique sense of place and is a beautiful mosaic of ancient oak, hornbeam and beech forests, wildflower-rich meadows and pastures that support an astonishingly rich wildlife of plants, birds, mammals and insects.

Traditional farming is still carried out in ecological balance with nature with many of the local population completely self-sufficient producing fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products that have real flavour – the way food used to taste in Western Europe before the intensification of agriculture in the fifties and the year round supply created by the supermarkets.

We started with a few quality jams nicely packaged and presented for sale to tourists and now produce a range of jams, chutney and cordials. Whilst quality and hand crafted tradition remain key, our products also reflect innovation in the use of the wonderful, locally available ingredients.

When people have tasted our products, the universal response has been "wow, it tastes just like my grandma used to make". To preserve her food for winter in the days before electricity and fridges, she would have used her cellar (pantry or larder). These were under the house where a steady cool temperature and humidity could be maintained throughout the year. When visiting grandma she would retrieve food to serve at her table from the cellar, hence our brand "Pivnița Bunicii", Grandma's Cellar or Pantry.

Pre 1945 the Saxons produced a range of spicy preserves, including chutney and this is clearly remembered by older generations, but the years of communism all but eliminated the use of culinary spices in traditional cuisine.

Bram Stoker who wrote much of his novel “Dracula” in Whitby, Yorkshire, is reputed to have based his fictional character on Vlad the Impaler who was born in Sighişoara, 20 km from Saschiz.

Our “Dracula's Delight” savoury preserves bring together our knowledge of spices from the UK, traditional Saxon recipes and some artisan innovation, to produce combinations that initially were dismissed locally as too extreme (plums and garlic!) but are now much enjoyed throughout Romania. The label is based on a silhouette of the ruined medieval fortress above the town and the church tower in Saschiz, with vampire bats added to complete the popular image of Transylvania.

To learn about our philosophy and about the area watch Taste Transylvania on YouTube http://youtu.be/BTAKVfBs-9U

Shop members

  • PivnitaBunicii

    Owner, Creator

  • Juliet Turnbull

    Shipper, Curator, Assistant

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Last updated on 02 Apr, 2016
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Seller details
Juliet Turnbull
Broc mor, Boyle Farm Island
THAMES DITTON, Surrey KT7 0SJ
United Kingdom
VAT ID GB988418067