Saba is an ancient Italian sauce, dating back to the Roman Empire. It is made by cooking grape “must” (freshly pressed, unfiltered grape juice) slowly until it is reduced to a thick, syrupy liquid. It has a slightly sweet, fruity flavor. Saba is the main ingredient in the production of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. Historical writings from Greek, Roman, and Egyptian sources indicate the use of grape must, and balsamic vinegars, date back to around 1000 A.D.
On its own, Saba is a very versatile sauce that compliments meat dishes, as well as roasted vegetables. It can be combined with extra virgin olive oil, citrus, and red wine vinegar for a delicious salad dressing. Try drizzling a little Saba over cheese, or even over vanilla ice cream. For a special holiday meal, our recipe for Turkey Glazed With Saba is sure to become a family tradition.
More recipes using Sardinian Saba can be found here on our website and in our cookbook, Sweet Myrtle & Bitter Honey. We hope you will enjoy trying these traditional Sardinian recipes with your family.