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Fagiolina
This is a small cream-coloured, long-shaped bean. Its colour varies and has...
Red potato
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Spelt
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Saffron
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Broccoletti del Lago PDF Print E-mail

Brocoletti del lago are cultivated in the sandy soils adjacent to Lake Trasimeno, particularly in the area near Comuni di Magione, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago and Panicale. Brocoletti (or camette) are the numerous shoots that grow out of turnip plants if they are pruned before they flower. When boiled and pan-fried with oil and garlic, they have a delicate, slightly bitter taste.  Planting is carried out in the second ten days of August. Watering may be necessary after planting, depending on the season and picking takes place at the end of winter/beginning of spring.

The area of Lake Trasimeno has always been characterized by the production of vegetables, thanks to its mild climate and “loose” soil. However, this production has suffered over time, as a result of the strong competition from other regions and, for this reason, the varieties once cultivated have almost disappeared.

Known to the regional consumers, on the other hand, are “broccoletti” and green beans, called by the local name of “fagiolina”. Both of these are popular for their special tender qualities and sweetish taste and are always recommended in the traditional local cuisine. This kind of turnip has a smaller root, is very hardy, is well-suited to the environment and, therefore, does not require pesticide treatments.


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