Caprauna is in the Upper Tanaro Valley, at an altitude of around 900 meters, on the border between Piedmont and Liguria. The area is distinguished by extensive ancient dry-stone terraces, reaching up to altitudes of 1,200 meters. In past centuries, these made it possible to grow wheat, barley, rye and oats in deep, calcium-rich soil. After the wheat had been harvested at the end of the summer, the farmers would fertilize the soil with manure and sow turnips. Thanks to the high altitude and cool, damp climate, the plants flourished, producing turnips with a particularly delicate flavor throughout the winter. Caprauna turnips are large and sweet and have distinctive yellow flesh.
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The harvest lasts from September to January.
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PresidiumCaprauna is currently home to around 130 residents, with an average age of 60. The Presidium was started to promote a humble vegetable with excellent sensory characteristics, increase its cultivation on the already-existing terraces, restore the damaged terraces and launch initiatives to encourage anyone who wants to return to this type of cultivation or even those who just want to come back to live in the villages of the Upper Tanaro Valley.
Caprauna and Alto Municipalities, Cuneo Province
Presidium supported by
Consortium for the promotion and preservation of typical products of the Upper Tanaro valley dell’Alta Val Tanaro.