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Black celery of Trevi is undoubtedly one of the more unusual vegetables grown in the territory of the province of Perugia. Its name derives from its town of origin and its particularly dark colour before being subjected to special processing.

In order to sell it on the market, it must undergo earthing up, meaning that the plant is buried under the ground, allowing it to whiten. The final product is pure, white celery, without any annoying strings, very long before reaching the leaves, with a very fleshy, tender centre and an intense flavour.

This vegetable is cultivated following a true ritual: according to ancient tradition, the seeds must be planted with a waning moon, during the fortnight of Easter, possibly on Good Friday.

It is said that if the seeds are planted on this day, the vegetables will grow faster and last longer before flowering or producing seeds, which would make them tough. The plants reach maturity about six months later, in the month of October, when they are tied and buried in the ground for a period of fifteen days, after which the celery is harvested, washed and is then released and is ready for use. Unfortunately, there is a very limited production of black celery because it is grown in a very narrow strip of land, between the Village and the River Clitunno.


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