Ceresole d’Alba Tench

Italy

Piedmont

Fish, sea food and fish products

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Ceresole d’Alba Tench

A relative of carp, barbel and chub, this tench has a rounded back and golden skin, hence the name “gobba dorata”, meaning “golden humped.” The fish has been farmed for centuries in ponds in the Pianalto di Poirino, where the provinces of Turin, Cuneo and Asti meet. Every rural family used to have a “peschera” or a “tampa”, the dialect names for a man-made pond used as a drinking trough or irrigation reservoir, in which tench would be farmed for home consumption. Tender, flavorful and without the earthy flavor that often characterizes inferior farmed fish, the Presidium tench is an important ingredient in the typical cuisine of the Roero.

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Season

The fishing season for tench is from April to October.

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Of the more-than 300 ponds located between Poirino and Ceresole d’Alba, only around 100 are still used for farming tench. Though the fish has a high commercial value, its farming has been in serious decline since the 1960s. It was formerly seen as a sideline to agricultural and livestock-raising activities, but these have gradually been abandoned, and so too has the small-scale fish farming. The Presidium involves one producer who has started processing the tench, preserving the whole fish and fillets in a traditional “carpione” marinade (vinegar, oil, onion, garlic, sage and other herbs).

Production area
Ceresole d'Alba Municipality, Cuneo Province

Cascina Italia
Giacomo Mosso
Ceresole d'Alba (Cn)
Cascina Italia
tel. +39 0172 575014 - 335 5851186
giacomo.mosso@cascina-italia.it
www.cascina-italia.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Fulvio Prandi
tel. +39 335 6374659
fulvio.prandi@libero.it

Of the more-than 300 ponds located between Poirino and Ceresole d’Alba, only around 100 are still used for farming tench. Though the fish has a high commercial value, its farming has been in serious decline since the 1960s. It was formerly seen as a sideline to agricultural and livestock-raising activities, but these have gradually been abandoned, and so too has the small-scale fish farming. The Presidium involves one producer who has started processing the tench, preserving the whole fish and fillets in a traditional “carpione” marinade (vinegar, oil, onion, garlic, sage and other herbs).

Production area
Ceresole d'Alba Municipality, Cuneo Province

Cascina Italia
Giacomo Mosso
Ceresole d'Alba (Cn)
Cascina Italia
tel. +39 0172 575014 - 335 5851186
giacomo.mosso@cascina-italia.it
www.cascina-italia.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Fulvio Prandi
tel. +39 335 6374659
fulvio.prandi@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont