Place of production
Umbria - Eastern Apennines
Truffle - There are many different varieties, the most highly regarded being the prized Norcia and Spoleto black truffle, which can also be found in the territories of Valtopina, Gualdo Tadino and Terni, while the prized white truffle abounds in the Umbrian Upper Tiber and Alto Chiascio.
Castelluccio di Norcia IGP lentil - A local ecotype very small in size with variegated colour, very fine skin, delicate consistency and long shelf life.
Monteleone di Spoleto DOP spelt - A local spelt ecotype, which over time has taken on the specific and distinctive characteristics of theTriticum dicoccum species.
Colfiorito IGP red potato - It has a distinctive rough, thin, reddish skin with firm, crisp, light yellow-coloured flesh.
Saffron - The cultivation of this spice was revived in the 90s, in particular in the areas of Cascia and Città della Pieve. Cascia saffron, a highly pure saffron of Umbria, was included in the list of traditional food products (PAT) of the region.
Slow Food Presidium - Roveja of Civita di Cascia: a small pea-like legume, with a seed ranging in colour from dark green to grey-brown. Trevi black celery, with long, dark green stalks, no fibres and an intense aroma. Amerino cottòra broadbean, also known as mezza fava (half broadbean), on account of its small size. Lake Trasimeno bean, a bean-like legume, with an oval shape and varied colour details ranging from cream to black.
History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
The products mentioned play an important role in the Umbrian agricultural economy where the conservation of the territory, the preservation of biodiversity, the protection of traditions and ancient flavours are valued strengths. The truffle is surely an important element in regional cuisine and the Umbrian economy. The Castelluccio di Norcia lentil has an ancient history dating back to the origins of Umbrian agriculture. The Monteleone di Spoleto spelt has very ancient origins, as evidenced by some historical findings, primarily the Etruscan "chariot" tomb (6th century BC); the grain examples found included spelt caryopses. The Colfiorito red potato is a much more recently cultivated crop; its appearance in the Colfiorito plateau dates back to the Napoleonic period. The Roveja Presidium involves four small producers from Civita di Cascia; the presidium, having recovered the ancient seed, aims to spread knowledge of this legume and get other farmers involved. The Trevi black celery is grown in lands not far from the springs celebrated by Carducci, Byron and Goethe. These vegetables are also known as canapine (little hemp) because in the past they were also used for the cultivation of hemp fibre. Saffron was widely used in dyeing and pharmacology, and also for cooking, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
For more information
Consorzio “Alberto Viganò” per la tutela de “Il Croco di Pietro Perugino – Zafferano purissimo in fili di Città della Pieve”
Via Vittorio Veneto, 1 - C.P. 45
06062 Città della Pieve (Perugia)
T +39 0578 299375 - F +39 0578 299375 - firstname.lastname@example.org
News and events
National market show of white truffle and food products in Gubbio, October/November
Festival of the Colfiorito Red Potato, 14-23 August
Market show of Cascia Pure Saffron, 30 October-3 November
Zafferiamo in Città della Pieve, 23-25 October
Market show of Trevi Black celery, 4-7 June