Tortona Strawberry

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Piedmont

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Tortona Strawberry

In the early 20th century, a careful selection of the wild species growing on the hills surrounding Tortona led to the creation of a particularly excellent, highly perfumed strawberry cultivar. Not much bigger than a raspberry, it has a heady fragrance and a sweet, delicate flavor. In the 1930s, it was the star of the local economy. Up to 100 quintals of berries were collected every day during the harvest season, in characteristic baskets made from woven wood. Real Tortona strawberries are highly perishable: picked in the morning, they must be consumed the same day.

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The crisis began after the Second World War and was caused by pollination difficulties—too many female plants—and the greater profitability of inferior varieties, like the Volpedo giant strawberry. The few kilos still being picked came from family plots, particularly in Oasi, on the eastern outskirts of the city. The area has by now been almost completely urbanized, but a few producers, joined together in a consortium and protected by the Presidium, have started growing the strawberries in nearby fields.

Production Area
Municipality of Tortona, Province of Alessandria

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Tortona, Tortona Strawberry Consortium

Paola Dotti
Tortona (Al)
Via Emilia, 448
Cascina Gentila
tel. +39 0131 881288

Patrizia Lodi
Tortona (Al)
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Strada Molino Bruciato, 9
Cascina Carcassola
tel. +39 0131 817254-338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it
www.carcassola.it

Maria Teresa Mandirola
Viguzzuolo (Al)
Strada Todeschina, 13
tel. +39 0131 898562-339 7573671

Andrea Milano
Pontecurone (Al)
Località Ostarietta
Via Emilia Sud, 10
tel. +39 0131 886573-339 7436556

Paola Sacco
Tortona (Al)
Strada Ghilina, 2
tel. +39 0131 881130-348 0630928
pelacagna@libero.it

Cascina Folletto
Tortona (Al)
Frazione Bettole
Strada Veneziana, 9/1
tel. +39 0131 817898-339 6749917
info@cascinafolletto.com
www.cascinafolletto.com

Il Carrettino
di Giuseppe Catto
Tortona (Al)
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Strada Provinciale per Pozzolo, 15
tel. +39 0131 860930-336 256512
info@ilcarrettino.it
www.ilcarrettino.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Patrizia Lodi
Tel. +39 338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Dell’Era
Tel. +39 338 3147625
mdellera@libero.it
The crisis began after the Second World War and was caused by pollination difficulties—too many female plants—and the greater profitability of inferior varieties, like the Volpedo giant strawberry. The few kilos still being picked came from family plots, particularly in Oasi, on the eastern outskirts of the city. The area has by now been almost completely urbanized, but a few producers, joined together in a consortium and protected by the Presidium, have started growing the strawberries in nearby fields.

Production Area
Municipality of Tortona, Province of Alessandria

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Tortona, Tortona Strawberry Consortium

Paola Dotti
Tortona (Al)
Via Emilia, 448
Cascina Gentila
tel. +39 0131 881288

Patrizia Lodi
Tortona (Al)
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Strada Molino Bruciato, 9
Cascina Carcassola
tel. +39 0131 817254-338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it
www.carcassola.it

Maria Teresa Mandirola
Viguzzuolo (Al)
Strada Todeschina, 13
tel. +39 0131 898562-339 7573671

Andrea Milano
Pontecurone (Al)
Località Ostarietta
Via Emilia Sud, 10
tel. +39 0131 886573-339 7436556

Paola Sacco
Tortona (Al)
Strada Ghilina, 2
tel. +39 0131 881130-348 0630928
pelacagna@libero.it

Cascina Folletto
Tortona (Al)
Frazione Bettole
Strada Veneziana, 9/1
tel. +39 0131 817898-339 6749917
info@cascinafolletto.com
www.cascinafolletto.com

Il Carrettino
di Giuseppe Catto
Tortona (Al)
Località Rivalta Scrivia
Strada Provinciale per Pozzolo, 15
tel. +39 0131 860930-336 256512
info@ilcarrettino.it
www.ilcarrettino.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Patrizia Lodi
Tel. +39 338 6471958
patrizia@carcassola.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Dell’Era
Tel. +39 338 3147625
mdellera@libero.it