One of Trapani’s most important and historic products, melons are sown in May and harvested from June onwards. Their most distinctive feature is their durability, and they are still excellent even after Christmas. Traditionally, after the harvest, they would be laid out on the terraces of the houses or hung from the balconies. One of the local varieties is the Alcamo Purceddu, called “maialino” (suckling pig) in dialect because its shape is reminiscent of the little animal. It has a green, wrinkled skin and an oval shape. Purceddu melons are excellent eaten on their own or made into ice cream or traditional Sicilian granita.
Harvested from August to September, but will keep until Christmas.
Alcamo, Castelammare del Golfo and Calatafimi Municipalities, Trapani Province; Camporeale, Roccamena and San Giuseppe Jato Municipalities, Palermo Province
Presidium supported by
Sicilian Regional Department of Agriculture and Forestry
via Guerrazzi, 13
tel. +39 339 4109978
via Tenente Caravaglios, 67
tel. +39 338 2238878
Tel. +39 338 2238878
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
tel. +39 349 8178279