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Pivnita Bunicii

About Pivnita Bunicii

Our Story

The taste and flavour of the locally available fruits, berries and vegetables is outstanding – just like they used to be prior to the intensification of agriculture in the fifties.
The traditional method of preserving food for winter in Saschiz is known as cellaring, and despite having fridges and freezers, most households still use cellars for this purpose today. Mrs Schaaser, a Saxon neighbour, has provided a wealth of inspiration with her cellar and cooking and this has greatly helped us to understand the amazing taste and flavour of local ingredients. Her homemade tomato juice is legendary and a glass of this is always a highlight of any visit to her courtyard and cellar.
Pivnita Bunicii
In Autumn Mrs Schaaser’s cellar is bursting with
produce stored for winter.

Our involvement in Saschiz goes back to 2006 when we started making preserves, but the global financial crisis focused our need to be commercial and sustainable but at the same time generate economic benefit for the community. For this reason, Saschiz seemed the logical location to establish the Transylvania Food Company, a process completed in early 2010.

Completely by coincidence, but within days of the company being registered, we were approached by a food and drinks manufacturer seeking to source elderflower juice for further processing at their factory in the UK.

Our Products

We continue to make preserves which are sold under the brand Pivnita Bunicii and from the same fruits and berries we also make our own range of cordials.

We are innovative and use our skills and process equipment to develop new artisan products from abundantly available local fruit such as chutneys and sauces from plums, apple and quince.

Our Cellars

Our shop is located in one cellar at our premises in Saschiz. This is probably the oldest part of the property, dating back to the mid 1850's when rebuilding in stone replaced the timber structures destroyed in the great fire of 1853 which devastated much of the town.

We use the second cellar to store products and to prepare orders for dispatch to customers.

Seasonal Working
Our season starts with a burst of intense activity when we harvest and process acacia blossom and elderflower in May and June (having spent much of March and April getting ready). For the rest of the year we make artisan jams and cordials. We make these products in small batches to maintain the flavour but also because the best quality fruits and berries are only available for relatively short periods and the quantity available is very weather dependant with different fruits and berries becoming available every two or three weeks from June to October.
Innovative Traditional Recipes
Our recipes are based on tradition but developed and improved to provide consistent quality and high standards of food safety. A traditional product is only a successful innovation from the past, and we pride ourselves on being both innovative and artisanal in our approach to product development. For example, Saschiz is famous for rhubarb jam and in 2013 we introduced two innovative variations: rhubarb and ginger and rhubarb and vanilla, bringing together grandmothers’ recipes from Romania and UK!
Marmalades and Chutneys
Until the 1950’s the UK exported marmalade made with citrus fruit throughout Eastern Europe and consumption is once again rising, except this time it is being produced in Eastern Europe. We have introduced two delicious marmalades: Lemon and Pink Grapefruit.
Taking advantage of the abundant harvests of plums, apples and quince we have developed a range of delectable chutney and sauces.
We are contracted to supply acacia blossom and elderflower juices to Bottlegreen for further processing in the UK and this raised local interest in the finished products, which we now import and distribute in Romania.
We also make a range of cordials from wild fruits and berries , the same ones we collect for jam. These are made in small batches and bottled at our premises in Saschiz.

We consider honey to be one of the most symbolic products of the local landscape and certainly the taste and flavour is much appreciated by visitors to the area. The countryside is pure and clean with an abundance of wild flowers and plants.
"This clip was produced by Rob Streeter in 2011”
The different plants and flowers produce very different and distinctive flavours. We buy our honey from a single father and son bee-keeper and bottle it at our premises in Saschiz.


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