Cureggio and Fontaneto Blond Onion

Italy

Piedmont

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

Back to the archive >
Cureggio and Fontaneto Blond Onion

Close to Novara, in the plain between the Agogna and Sizzone rivers, lie the towns of Cureggio and Fontaneto, once known for the cultivation of potatoes and onions. According to tradition, the local producers would go to the Cureggio train station every day to send crates of their onions to the markets in Milan and Turin.
The traditional onion from the Cureggio and Fontaneto plain is golden-blond in color. Up to 8 centimeters wide, it weighs between 150 and 400 grams and has a distinctive flattened shape. Its essential characteristic, however, is its extreme sweetness, which remains for many months after harvesting.
The onion has a very long growing cycle. The seeds are sown in a seedbed in February, the seedlings are planted out in May and the onions are harvested from August on. Once harvested and dried in the sun, they can keep until the following spring.
As well as being used as a base seasoning for many dishes, a number of local dishes feature the onion as the main ingredient. The recipes have been passed down through the generations, and include peasant soup (water, a pinch of salt, butter or lard and minced onion), onion frittata (with wedges of onion or the unripe bulb, called scigulòtt), frittata rognosa (with the addition of duja salame), rustìdӓ (pork loin and offal cooked in onions, prepared when a pig is slaughtered), cassola and a classic onion soup.
These days, the areas where the onion is grown have been reduced by surrounding infrastructure construction and industrialization. Many local residents have abandoned agricultural activities and onion growing has come close to disappearing for good.

  • Hai imparato qualcosa di nuovo da questa pagina?
    Did you learn something new from this page?

  • YesNo
Back to the archive >
The original seed was collected by a pair of young farmers from some local elderly growers who had maintained tradition by continuing to cultivate the onion in their vegetable plots. Thanks to them, the onion seed was reproduced and now a group of new producers is starting to again grow the blond onion in the fertile land around the two towns. The Presidium’s objective is to provide an alternative source of income for the local people and again promote the onion as in the past, cultivating it in an environmentally sustainable way and ensuring it is sold for a fair price. Thanks partly to the work of the Fontaneto d’Agogna tourist board and its members, the seed is being collectively reproduced and distributed in order to encourage new farmers in the area to revive the onion’s cultivation.

Production area
Cureggio and Fontaneto d’Agogna municipalities, Novara province

Presidium supported by
Pro Loco Fontaneto d'Agogna, Municipality of Cureggio, Municipality of Fontaneto d'Agogna, Banca Popolare di Novara
Agriturismo La Capuccina
Via Novara 19
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 0322 839930
info@lacapuccina.it

Maura Barcellini
Vicolo Andrey 4
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89390
maurabarcellini@yahoo.it

Fabio Bona e Carla Galli
Località Cascina Vella
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel.349 4065939
gianlucabona@alice.it

Simona Cerri e Oscar Temporiti
Via Gramsci 68
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 0322 839088
simona.19869@gmail.com

Silvio Colombi
Località Rampini
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89698
stefano.colombi2 @gmail.com

Massimo Tullio Delle Donne
Via Sant’Ambrogio 15
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 392 5823067
maxi@maxdelledonne.com

Giorgio Fontaneto e Domenico Severico
Via Mazzini 31
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89576
giorgio.fontaneto@caleffi.it
d.severico@virgilio.it

Mattia Giustina
Via Prosmini 39
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 348 8686662
mattia.giustina@hotmail.it

Carlo Masseroni
Via Croce 1
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 890088
carlo.masseroni@alice.it


Az. Agricola Paola Platinetti e Stefano Barbaglia
Via Baraggia
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 329 1668684
stefano.m.b76@gmail.com

Ivano Platini
Via Cureggio 50
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89100
ivno1711@gmail.com

Luigi Platini
Via S.Ambrogio Cacciana
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89219
luigicacciana@gmail.com

Aiman Riahi
Via Borgomanero 12/C
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 338 6566539
a.riahi1985@gmail.com


Paula Recchia
Località Storni 2
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 347 9553186
paola.recchia@alice.it

Eraldo Teruggi
Via Cavaglio 4
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89232
eraldo.teruggi@alice.it

Pietro Luigi Teruggi
Frazione S. Antonio 28/30
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 349 2500208

Savio Teruggi e Giuseppe Valsecchi
Via Mazzini 38
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89487
savio.teruggi@caleffi.it
gynko971@gmail.com

Stefano Zanetta
Via Marzalesco 26/a
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 333 2164688
zanettastefano63@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Luca Platini
Tel. 347 5550447
slowfood.collinenovaresi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Carlo Masseroni
Tel. +39 338 8501263
carlo.masseroni@alice.it
The original seed was collected by a pair of young farmers from some local elderly growers who had maintained tradition by continuing to cultivate the onion in their vegetable plots. Thanks to them, the onion seed was reproduced and now a group of new producers is starting to again grow the blond onion in the fertile land around the two towns. The Presidium’s objective is to provide an alternative source of income for the local people and again promote the onion as in the past, cultivating it in an environmentally sustainable way and ensuring it is sold for a fair price. Thanks partly to the work of the Fontaneto d’Agogna tourist board and its members, the seed is being collectively reproduced and distributed in order to encourage new farmers in the area to revive the onion’s cultivation.

Production area
Cureggio and Fontaneto d’Agogna municipalities, Novara province

Presidium supported by
Pro Loco Fontaneto d'Agogna, Municipality of Cureggio, Municipality of Fontaneto d'Agogna, Banca Popolare di Novara
Agriturismo La Capuccina
Via Novara 19
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 0322 839930
info@lacapuccina.it

Maura Barcellini
Vicolo Andrey 4
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89390
maurabarcellini@yahoo.it

Fabio Bona e Carla Galli
Località Cascina Vella
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel.349 4065939
gianlucabona@alice.it

Simona Cerri e Oscar Temporiti
Via Gramsci 68
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 0322 839088
simona.19869@gmail.com

Silvio Colombi
Località Rampini
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89698
stefano.colombi2 @gmail.com

Massimo Tullio Delle Donne
Via Sant’Ambrogio 15
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 392 5823067
maxi@maxdelledonne.com

Giorgio Fontaneto e Domenico Severico
Via Mazzini 31
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89576
giorgio.fontaneto@caleffi.it
d.severico@virgilio.it

Mattia Giustina
Via Prosmini 39
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 348 8686662
mattia.giustina@hotmail.it

Carlo Masseroni
Via Croce 1
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 890088
carlo.masseroni@alice.it


Az. Agricola Paola Platinetti e Stefano Barbaglia
Via Baraggia
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 329 1668684
stefano.m.b76@gmail.com

Ivano Platini
Via Cureggio 50
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89100
ivno1711@gmail.com

Luigi Platini
Via S.Ambrogio Cacciana
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89219
luigicacciana@gmail.com

Aiman Riahi
Via Borgomanero 12/C
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 338 6566539
a.riahi1985@gmail.com


Paula Recchia
Località Storni 2
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 347 9553186
paola.recchia@alice.it

Eraldo Teruggi
Via Cavaglio 4
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89232
eraldo.teruggi@alice.it

Pietro Luigi Teruggi
Frazione S. Antonio 28/30
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 349 2500208

Savio Teruggi e Giuseppe Valsecchi
Via Mazzini 38
28010 Fontaneto d’Agogna
Tel. 0322 89487
savio.teruggi@caleffi.it
gynko971@gmail.com

Stefano Zanetta
Via Marzalesco 26/a
28060 Cureggio
Tel. 333 2164688
zanettastefano63@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Luca Platini
Tel. 347 5550447
slowfood.collinenovaresi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Carlo Masseroni
Tel. +39 338 8501263
carlo.masseroni@alice.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont