Altino Sweet Pepper

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Abruzzo

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Altino Sweet Pepper

The small town of Altino, on a rocky spur looking out over the Aventino Valley, gives its name to small, horn-shaped peppers, bright red in color, also known as a cocce capammonte (“with the head up”) because the fruits grow pointing upwards. When ripe, they are picked and then strung together with a needle and thread to make a long chain known as a crollo. The peppers are left to air-dry for several days then toasted in the oven for a few minutes or quickly dipped in boiling oil. At this point they can be crumbled over pasta, salt cod, vegetables or pork.
The dried peppers, which have a characteristic sweet flavor, can also be ground in typical mortars called piloni. The resulting powder is used in pasta sauces or to season cured meats, like Vastese ventricina. It can also be used to give a vivid red color to homemade pasta and bread dough. The origins of this pepper, locally known as paesanello, probably lie in Eastern Europe and the introduction of paprika from the Balkans by the Slavic peoples who settled in the province of Chieti in the 15th century. This could also be the origin of the custom of grinding the pepper into a powder, characteristic of Eastern Europe.

Season

Peppers are harvested from the first ten days of August when the berries reach the typical red color. Dried are available all year round.

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The Association of the sweet pepper of Altino Oasi di Serranella was founded in 2009 to promote the study, preservation and promotion of the product. Every summer, a festival is organized in the center of Altino, dedicated entirely to the sweet pepper, during which the town’s different neighborhoods (contrade) compete to produce the best dishes using the pepper. The association has revived cultivation and added value to the pepper by applying a strict production protocol. The Presidium will help it to promote the pepper and to encourage wise seed management and ecologically sustainable cultivation methods amongst the producers.

Production area
Altino, Archi, Perano, Roccascalegna, Casoli, Sant’Eusanio del Sangro and Atessa municipalities, Chieti province


Presidium supported by
Gal Maiella Verde
Producers

Aca Agrolearia
Contrada Briccioli, 1
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 335 404653
aca.altino@gmail.com
www.peperonedolcedialtino.eu

Claudio D’alonzo
Via Benedetto Croce, 208
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 334 1944754
claudio.dalonzo1983@gmail.com

Fior di Maiella
di Mirko Di Crescenzo
Zona Industriale Ovest
Casoli (Ch)
Tel. +39 328 4113428
info@fiordimaiella.it
www.fiordimaiella.it

Hortogarden
di Anna D’alonzo
Via Nazionale, 161
Archi (Ch)
Tel. +39 347 4690265
hortogarden@gmail.com

La Regina
di Franco Di Lallo
Via Bachelet, 26
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 346 5119989
info@peperonedolcedialtino.com

La Tavola dei Briganti
di Donatello D’Alonzo
Via Benedetto Croce, 117
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 333 6650118
info@tavolabriganti.it
www.tavolabriganti.it

Terra Fonte
di Annamaria D’Alonzo
Via Briccioli, 24
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 348 2108834
dalonzoannamaria@gmail.com
www.aziendaagricolaterrafonte.it

Domenico D’Orazio
Contrada Sant’angelo, 24
Altino (Ch)
Tel.+39 333 7425829
appaaltino@gmail.com
www.produttoripeperonedialtino.com

Domenico Di Biase
Contrada Cotti, 47
Sant’Eusanio del Sangro (Ch)
Tel. +39 333 9293678
domenicodibiase67@gmail.com
Slow Food Coordinator
Michele Scutti
Tel. +39 328 6256910
michelescutti@hotmail.it

Producers’ Coordinator
Domenico D’Orazio
Tel. +39 333 7425829
peperonedolcedialtino@gmail.com
The Association of the sweet pepper of Altino Oasi di Serranella was founded in 2009 to promote the study, preservation and promotion of the product. Every summer, a festival is organized in the center of Altino, dedicated entirely to the sweet pepper, during which the town’s different neighborhoods (contrade) compete to produce the best dishes using the pepper. The association has revived cultivation and added value to the pepper by applying a strict production protocol. The Presidium will help it to promote the pepper and to encourage wise seed management and ecologically sustainable cultivation methods amongst the producers.

Production area
Altino, Archi, Perano, Roccascalegna, Casoli, Sant’Eusanio del Sangro and Atessa municipalities, Chieti province


Presidium supported by
Gal Maiella Verde
Producers

Aca Agrolearia
Contrada Briccioli, 1
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 335 404653
aca.altino@gmail.com
www.peperonedolcedialtino.eu

Claudio D’alonzo
Via Benedetto Croce, 208
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 334 1944754
claudio.dalonzo1983@gmail.com

Fior di Maiella
di Mirko Di Crescenzo
Zona Industriale Ovest
Casoli (Ch)
Tel. +39 328 4113428
info@fiordimaiella.it
www.fiordimaiella.it

Hortogarden
di Anna D’alonzo
Via Nazionale, 161
Archi (Ch)
Tel. +39 347 4690265
hortogarden@gmail.com

La Regina
di Franco Di Lallo
Via Bachelet, 26
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 346 5119989
info@peperonedolcedialtino.com

La Tavola dei Briganti
di Donatello D’Alonzo
Via Benedetto Croce, 117
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 333 6650118
info@tavolabriganti.it
www.tavolabriganti.it

Terra Fonte
di Annamaria D’Alonzo
Via Briccioli, 24
Altino (Ch)
Tel. +39 348 2108834
dalonzoannamaria@gmail.com
www.aziendaagricolaterrafonte.it

Domenico D’Orazio
Contrada Sant’angelo, 24
Altino (Ch)
Tel.+39 333 7425829
appaaltino@gmail.com
www.produttoripeperonedialtino.com

Domenico Di Biase
Contrada Cotti, 47
Sant’Eusanio del Sangro (Ch)
Tel. +39 333 9293678
domenicodibiase67@gmail.com
Slow Food Coordinator
Michele Scutti
Tel. +39 328 6256910
michelescutti@hotmail.it

Producers’ Coordinator
Domenico D’Orazio
Tel. +39 333 7425829
peperonedolcedialtino@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionAbruzzo