Alto Friuli Heirloom Apples

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Alto Friuli Heirloom Apples

Apples have been cultivated in Friuli-Venezia Giulia since at least the time of the Romans, but it was between the end of the 1700s and the start of the 1800s that apple growing in Friuli really developed, particularly in hilly and mountain areas. From the end of the 19th century until the First World War, the region’s apples were exported around northern Europe (to Austria in particular), to Egypt and even to the United States.
Some of the cultivated varieties were native, while others were imported by Friulians who had emigrated around the world. When they returned home they brought with them grafts and seeds of varieties they thought would produce good harvests. The names of the apples came from the appearance of the fruits or the plants (Ruggine Dorata, Striato Dolce, Blancon), from their ripening, use or flavor (Rosso Invernale), from the place where the plants were found (Zeuka di Treppo, Giallo di Priuso) or the name of the person who introduced or owned them (Marc Panara).
Today the majority of these apples have been replaced by modern varieties, and in many cases only a few trees survive. But a few heirloom varieties are still cultivated and appreciated, even if the numbers are smaller than in the past.
The Di Corone apple has a red skin, a conical shape and firm, crisp white flesh. It is excellent eaten raw and is harvested late (in October), like the Striato Dolce and the Rosso Invernale, which is distinguished by its dark-red, almost wine-colored skin, flattened shape and less sweet flavor. Gialla di Priuso is characterized by a golden-yellow skin and a tart flavor, and stores well until January. The Ruggine Dorata is excellent in desserts: very sweet, yellow, with a rusty brown blush and a wrinkly skin. The same goes for the Blancon, which has a conical shape and a shiny, waxy, yellow skin. The Chei di Rose, yellow and pink in color, is small, fragrant and crisp. The Naranzinis, eaten fresh or stored from September to December, is large and has a red-pink skin. The Marc Panara is even larger, with some fruits weighing as much as 700 grams. The Zeuka apple is still quite common: Sweet, crisp and juicy, it can be stored until as late as April.
Historic orchards of these varieties still survive, but in recent years the interest of dedicated producers and nurseries has led to the planting of new orchards, some of which have several hundred trees. Like all heirloom varieties, they are quite hardy trees, resistant to the major apple tree diseases.

Season

The apples are harvested between September and October, depending on the variety

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After the Second World War, the region’s fruit industry began to concentrate on a few profitable commercial varieties, cultivated using intensive methods on specialized farms, mostly in the low-lying plains. In the mountain areas, meanwhile, fruit growing was gradually abandoned, or reduced to a few amateur orchards whose harvests used only for family consumption. Slow Food has united the growers who still preserve these heirloom apples in order to recover the historical varieties and return dignity to the small-scale farmers working to keep alive the marginal mountain foothill areas. The Presidium has identified ten varieties to be promoted (Gialla di Priuso, Di Corone, Ruggine Dorata, Rosso Invernale, Chei di Rose, Naranzinis, Striato Dolce, Zeuka, Marc Panara and Blancon) and drawn up a production protocol, which defines the production area and specifies that sustainable cultivation techniques must be used.

Production area
Mountain and foothill areas of Alto Friuli, Pordenone and Udine provinces

Presidium supported by

Uti Carnia
Producers

Borgo delle Mele
di Christian Siega
Via General Cantore, 50 A
Pinzano al Tagliamento (Pn)
Tel. +39 333 6462507
info@borgodellemele.it
www.borgodellemele.it

Ecomela La Carnica
di Roberta Ceschia
Via Santo Stefano, 11
Verzegnis (Ud)
Tel. +39 333 7194789
ecomela@tiscali.it
www.ecomela.it

The two processors process the apples they grow and those contributed by: Pian dei Tass, Vivaio Ballin, Paolo Solari, Dario Nereo, Pietro De Corte, Gianlucio Marongiu, Renato Gonano, Fabio Enrico Deotto, Michele Pascolini.
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Marino Corti
Tel. +39 328 2155654
masicortim@libero.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Christian Siega
Tel. +39 339 4299867
info@borgodellemele.it
After the Second World War, the region’s fruit industry began to concentrate on a few profitable commercial varieties, cultivated using intensive methods on specialized farms, mostly in the low-lying plains. In the mountain areas, meanwhile, fruit growing was gradually abandoned, or reduced to a few amateur orchards whose harvests used only for family consumption. Slow Food has united the growers who still preserve these heirloom apples in order to recover the historical varieties and return dignity to the small-scale farmers working to keep alive the marginal mountain foothill areas. The Presidium has identified ten varieties to be promoted (Gialla di Priuso, Di Corone, Ruggine Dorata, Rosso Invernale, Chei di Rose, Naranzinis, Striato Dolce, Zeuka, Marc Panara and Blancon) and drawn up a production protocol, which defines the production area and specifies that sustainable cultivation techniques must be used.

Production area
Mountain and foothill areas of Alto Friuli, Pordenone and Udine provinces

Presidium supported by

Uti Carnia
Producers

Borgo delle Mele
di Christian Siega
Via General Cantore, 50 A
Pinzano al Tagliamento (Pn)
Tel. +39 333 6462507
info@borgodellemele.it
www.borgodellemele.it

Ecomela La Carnica
di Roberta Ceschia
Via Santo Stefano, 11
Verzegnis (Ud)
Tel. +39 333 7194789
ecomela@tiscali.it
www.ecomela.it

The two processors process the apples they grow and those contributed by: Pian dei Tass, Vivaio Ballin, Paolo Solari, Dario Nereo, Pietro De Corte, Gianlucio Marongiu, Renato Gonano, Fabio Enrico Deotto, Michele Pascolini.
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Marino Corti
Tel. +39 328 2155654
masicortim@libero.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Christian Siega
Tel. +39 339 4299867
info@borgodellemele.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionFriuli Venezia Giulia