It is the most aristocratic of Piedmontese apples: beautiful, perfumed, aromatic but delicate and therefore little by little abandoned. Among the different varieties of Calvilla apple existing in the past, today only six survived: the best are the White (Bianca) and the Winter Red (Rossa d’inverno). The former is small, ribbed and yellow; its pulp is very fine, soft and juicy, with a sugary-tart flavour and a slight hint of raspberry. It is particularly suited for pies. Beautiful and tasty alike, the Winter Red adds to the Caville peculiar ribbed shape its winy red colour. Its pulp, white and pinkish, is crunchy and delicious, with a sweet-tart taste. Both of the varieties are harvested in October; the main production area are the provinces of Torino and Cuneo.
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