Certaldo Onion

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Tuscany

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Certaldo Onion

In the Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio named this onion the most famous in all Tuscany. Renowned for centuries, it has become an essential part of the local identity in Certaldo. The onion even features on the town’s coat of arms, which dates back to the Alberti counts, the 12th-century feudal lords. It shows an onion on a white and red shield, and the motto reads: “By nature I am both strong and sweet, and I please those at work and those at rest.” There are two types, sown at different times of the year. The Statina is round, pale purple, juicy, sweet and flavorful, while the Vernina is bright red with a pungent flavor and a slightly squashed shape.

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Season

Statina onions are harvested from May to August, Vernina onions from August to September.

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Long grown in the loose soil around the medieval town, and a symbol of an ancient rural civilization steeped in tradition, Certaldo onions have the potential to become—again—the driving force behind the local economy. The Presidium is pushing for a revival of the crop by recovering abandoned land and uniting a group of growers who also package and sell the onions.

Production area
Certaldo Municipality, Florence Province

Presidium supported by
Certaldo Municipality
L’Orto di Fogneto
di Francesco Carpitelli
Gambassi Terme (Fi)
Loc. Badia a Cerreto
Le Carrate 17
tel. +39 0571 667068 - 380 5430409
francesco.carpitelli@libero.it

Orto di Paglione di Alessandro Benucci
Certaldo (Fi)
Via Quercetella, 21
tel. +39 0571 664738

Luca Rosetti
Certaldo (Fi)
via delle Città 82
tel. +39 340 0514288
aziendaagricolarosetti@live.it

Casa Bassa
Certaldo (Fi)
Via delle Regioni, 281
tel. +39 0571 667619-664946

Bel Colle
di Luigina D’Ercole
Certaldo (Fi)
Via Quercitella, 68
tel. +39 349 03803294
bel.colle@tiscali.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Francesco Carpitelli
Tel. +39 380 5430409
francesco.carpitelli@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Andrea Tongiani
Tel. +39 335 353439
tongia2002@libero.it
Long grown in the loose soil around the medieval town, and a symbol of an ancient rural civilization steeped in tradition, Certaldo onions have the potential to become—again—the driving force behind the local economy. The Presidium is pushing for a revival of the crop by recovering abandoned land and uniting a group of growers who also package and sell the onions.

Production area
Certaldo Municipality, Florence Province

Presidium supported by
Certaldo Municipality
L’Orto di Fogneto
di Francesco Carpitelli
Gambassi Terme (Fi)
Loc. Badia a Cerreto
Le Carrate 17
tel. +39 0571 667068 - 380 5430409
francesco.carpitelli@libero.it

Orto di Paglione di Alessandro Benucci
Certaldo (Fi)
Via Quercetella, 21
tel. +39 0571 664738

Luca Rosetti
Certaldo (Fi)
via delle Città 82
tel. +39 340 0514288
aziendaagricolarosetti@live.it

Casa Bassa
Certaldo (Fi)
Via delle Regioni, 281
tel. +39 0571 667619-664946

Bel Colle
di Luigina D’Ercole
Certaldo (Fi)
Via Quercitella, 68
tel. +39 349 03803294
bel.colle@tiscali.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Francesco Carpitelli
Tel. +39 380 5430409
francesco.carpitelli@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Andrea Tongiani
Tel. +39 335 353439
tongia2002@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionTuscany