Fig and candied citrus peel temp travelers throughout the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. But the small village of Kils, just outside of Split, is the home of Stella Croatica, a company that produces some of the best fig cake and candied citrus rind we tried during our 10-day visit to Croatia.
In addition to fig cake and candied citrus, Stella Croatica’s small, modern “factory” produces a number of other products including olive oil, candied almonds, almond cookies, jams/chutneys (cherry, plum, and fig), and liqueurs. The flat, wrapped, disk-shaped fig cake is/was reportedly the traditional way of preparing them so they could be easily transported to the fields or another work site. And they are so convenient, tasty and hardy that it’s easy to imagine making a midday meal of just fig cake.
In their Kils factory Stella Croatica also produces a range of nutritional supplements and offers factory tours of their fig and citrus production lines. The factory was designed with education and visitors in mind and includes large windows, which let visitors watch as workers prepare and package the jam, figs, and citrus rind.
In addition to its factory tours, Stella Croatica also has a picturesque, historic ethno-village (a kind of living history museum) toward the back of the property. From herb gardens and floral displays to traditional furnishings and kitchens, a walk through this exhibit gives visitors a feel for life in a traditional Croatian village. And with some advanced warning, the staff can arrange a tasting menu of local/traditional foods.
Whether you come to stock up on high quality gifts for friends, to visit the ethno-village, or are passing by on your way to a nearby Game of Thrones location, you can hardly go wrong spending an hour or so at Stella Croatica, sampling the traditional edibles and tasty treats, and touring the living history village.
text and images by Glenn Kaufmann
SOMETHING EXTRA: The other reason to visit Stella Croatica is to finish your visit with a meal in the village of Kils itself. Follow this link to read my story about traditional Croatian Roast Lamb.
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