Yolanda Herraiz is a true artisan from a different era. What, she wondered, would be the perfect basket for holding produce? She dreamed it, designed it, and makes it by hand. It’s a basket of wood, bent by hand, woven with thin rope by local ladies. How many times have you turned over an orange or an onion that’s lived on a plate or in a bowl and found its underside was moldy? The clever thing about this basket is that the air circulates–your produce won’t mold. If you buy this basket, you’ll waste less food—and actually save money!
I first found Yolanda’s basket a few years ago in a small shop in the old city of Valencia. I bought three, then couldn’t find her again. Now that I’ve tracked her down, I learned that she’s made only 100 baskets in all, and only 30 are available this year.Last week I finally ordered a bunch. I’m flying to Spain tomorrow with an empty suitcase to pick them up. They’re not cheap—they’re essentially one-of-a-kind. And you won’t see them everywhere. In the old days, when I’d find something like this, it would turnup at Williams Sonoma or Dean and Deluca six months later. So I made Yolanda promise not to sell her baskets to Amazon. Ever. Sorry.
There will be only 28 baskets this year. Best Holiday Gift 2018. Or perhaps ever, Certainly since Bacon of the Month Club memberships. Buy one now.
PS: One more thing: They stack! So get more than one. Put your eggplants in one, your avocados in another, and your satsumas in a third.
PPS: The basket comes wrapped in a canvas carry bag! I'm not sure if I'm selling a basket in a bag or an uber-hip eco-conscious bag with a basket inside.