Carmagnola is one of Italy’s pepper capitals, known for four different types: Quadrato (almost a cube, with four points), Tomaticòt (round like a tomato), Trottola (heart-shaped) and Corno or Lungo. This last variety, known locally as Corno di Bue, Ox-Horn, is recognizable by its splendid colors (deep yellow or bright red) and most of all by its very elongated, conical shape with three or four lobes. The peppers grow over 20 centimeters long, and are cultivated on flat, silty, sandy ground. Delicious served raw, it is also features in many traditional and creative recipes. The peppers have a sweet flavor, and their thick, firm, succulent flesh improves with storage.
The harvest lasts from the end of July to the end of the October.