Carmignano Dried Fig

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Carmignano Dried Fig

The town used to be known as “Carmignan da’ fichi” because of the many fig trees (“fichi”) growing in the gardens and fields. The fruits were preserved using a technique still followed today. The figs are opened lengthwise, laid out on reed mats and steamed with sulfur, which whitens the skin. After being dried for four or five days in the sun, the figs spend another 40 days in a cool, airy room. During this time, a thin layer of sugar forms on the surface. When they are completely dry, the figs are stuffed with a few aniseeds and layered to form figure-eight shapes called “picce”. Their sugary flavor is cut by the liquorice notes of the aniseed.

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Season

The figs are picked from the middle of August to the end of September. Carmignano dried figs cannot be sold before September 29th, the day of Saint Michael, Carmignano's patron saint.

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The Presidium was founded to help the few remaining producers, who have joined in an association. As well as encouraging them to replant fig trees, it is also inspiring young people to return to this traditional activity. A production protocol regulates the drying, which is still done traditionally. So too is the packaging of the “picce”, and each family has their own secret tricks for the process.

Production area
Carmignano and Poggio a Caiano Municipalities, Prato Province

Presidium supported by
Prato Provincial Authority, Municipality of Carmignano, Prato Chamber of Commerce
Michela Baroni
Carmignano (Po)
via le Volte, 3
tel. +39 055 8712395

Giovanni Bellini & Marco Grassi
Carmignano (Po)
Via Roma, 10
Tel. +39 338 8186571
info@daifochi.it

Anna Maria Bocci
Carmignano (Po)
via Vergheretana, 79
tel. +39 055 8712338
anna.boccetta@libero.it

Alessandra Borchi
Carmignano (Po)
viale Parenti, 7
tel. +39 055 8712536
a.borchi@tin.it

Sergio Borgioli
Carmignano (Po)
via Loggette,10
tel. +39 338 6259460

Daniela Daniele
Carmignano(Po)
Via Montalbiolo, 14
Tel +39 338 9209376
purocarmignano@gmail.com

Luciano Fontani
Carmignano (Po)
via Erta di Pogginali, 20
tel. +39 055 8712059
lucianofontani@gmail.com

Edi Guasti
Carmignano(Po)
Via Carmignanese, 144
Tel. +39 389 574 0290
aziendaagricolamontecucchi@gmail.com

Andrea Landini
Carmignano (Po)
via delle Ginestre, 18
tel. +39 055 8792020
g.landini@tin.it

Angelo Mattei
Carmignano (Po)
via di Citerna
tel. +39 0574 400626

Luisella Novelli
Carmignano (Po)
via Serra, 60
tel. +39 055 8711024

Mara Palestrina
Carmignano (Po)
Via Pucci e Verdini, 21
Tel. +39 055 8711256
grazia.chiti@alice.it

Mario Petracchi
Carmignano (Po)
via Camposanto, 1
tel. +39 055 8712275
alessandro.petracchi@alice.it

Siro Petracchi
Carmignano (Po)
via Montalbiolo, 49
tel. +39 055 8711337
335 354906
siro.petracchi@virgilio.it

Fedele Raho - Rigoccioli
Carmignano (Po)
via Rigoccioli, 38
tel. +39 055 8712492
329 7475252
rigoccioli@libero.it

Roberto e Silvano Spinelli
Carmignano (Po)
via di Castello, 35
tel. +39 055 8712204
frantoiodicastello@virgilio.it

Rossella Bencini
Carmignano (Po)
frazione Bacchereto
via Fontemorana, 179
tel. +39 338 8739577
terreamano@gmail.com

Alessandro Cocci
Carmignano (Po)
località Casino
via Arrendevole
tel. +39 055 8710058
393 9100470
info@agriturismolaborriana.it

Montaneta
Carmignano (Po)
via La Serra, 132
tel. +39 348 3551357
agriturismomontaneta@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Siro Petracchi
Tel. +39 335 354906
siro.petracchi@virgilio.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Mirko Benzi
Tel. +39 0574 443105
info@slowfood.prato.it
The Presidium was founded to help the few remaining producers, who have joined in an association. As well as encouraging them to replant fig trees, it is also inspiring young people to return to this traditional activity. A production protocol regulates the drying, which is still done traditionally. So too is the packaging of the “picce”, and each family has their own secret tricks for the process.

Production area
Carmignano and Poggio a Caiano Municipalities, Prato Province

Presidium supported by
Prato Provincial Authority, Municipality of Carmignano, Prato Chamber of Commerce
Michela Baroni
Carmignano (Po)
via le Volte, 3
tel. +39 055 8712395

Giovanni Bellini & Marco Grassi
Carmignano (Po)
Via Roma, 10
Tel. +39 338 8186571
info@daifochi.it

Anna Maria Bocci
Carmignano (Po)
via Vergheretana, 79
tel. +39 055 8712338
anna.boccetta@libero.it

Alessandra Borchi
Carmignano (Po)
viale Parenti, 7
tel. +39 055 8712536
a.borchi@tin.it

Sergio Borgioli
Carmignano (Po)
via Loggette,10
tel. +39 338 6259460

Daniela Daniele
Carmignano(Po)
Via Montalbiolo, 14
Tel +39 338 9209376
purocarmignano@gmail.com

Luciano Fontani
Carmignano (Po)
via Erta di Pogginali, 20
tel. +39 055 8712059
lucianofontani@gmail.com

Edi Guasti
Carmignano(Po)
Via Carmignanese, 144
Tel. +39 389 574 0290
aziendaagricolamontecucchi@gmail.com

Andrea Landini
Carmignano (Po)
via delle Ginestre, 18
tel. +39 055 8792020
g.landini@tin.it

Angelo Mattei
Carmignano (Po)
via di Citerna
tel. +39 0574 400626

Luisella Novelli
Carmignano (Po)
via Serra, 60
tel. +39 055 8711024

Mara Palestrina
Carmignano (Po)
Via Pucci e Verdini, 21
Tel. +39 055 8711256
grazia.chiti@alice.it

Mario Petracchi
Carmignano (Po)
via Camposanto, 1
tel. +39 055 8712275
alessandro.petracchi@alice.it

Siro Petracchi
Carmignano (Po)
via Montalbiolo, 49
tel. +39 055 8711337
335 354906
siro.petracchi@virgilio.it

Fedele Raho - Rigoccioli
Carmignano (Po)
via Rigoccioli, 38
tel. +39 055 8712492
329 7475252
rigoccioli@libero.it

Roberto e Silvano Spinelli
Carmignano (Po)
via di Castello, 35
tel. +39 055 8712204
frantoiodicastello@virgilio.it

Rossella Bencini
Carmignano (Po)
frazione Bacchereto
via Fontemorana, 179
tel. +39 338 8739577
terreamano@gmail.com

Alessandro Cocci
Carmignano (Po)
località Casino
via Arrendevole
tel. +39 055 8710058
393 9100470
info@agriturismolaborriana.it

Montaneta
Carmignano (Po)
via La Serra, 132
tel. +39 348 3551357
agriturismomontaneta@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Siro Petracchi
Tel. +39 335 354906
siro.petracchi@virgilio.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Mirko Benzi
Tel. +39 0574 443105
info@slowfood.prato.it

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RegionTuscany

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