Cureggio and Fontaneto Blond Onion

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Piedmont

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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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), rustìda (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.

Season

It is harvested from the end of August and can be stored until the following spring.

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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
Growers and processors
Simona Cerri e Oscar Temporiti
Via Gramsci, 68
Cureggio (No)
Tel. 340 5604467 - 346 0984468
simona.19869@gmail.com
oscar.1996.t@gmail.com


Growers

Maura Barcellini e Pier Luigi Platini
Vicolo Andrey, 4
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89390 - 379 1189465
maurabarcellini@yahoo.it

Il Borgo Verde Soc. Coop. Agr.
Via dei Mille, 24
Borgomanero (No)
Tel. 338 8208968
m.caligara@gmail.com
Progetto del circolo territoriale di Legambiente “Gli Amici del Lago” APS
Cipolle coltivate nel campo di Via Del Forno 31 a Fontaneto d’Agogna

La Capuccina
di Raffaella Fortina
Strada Capuccina, 7
Cureggio (No)
Tel. 339 7037330
raffaella@lacapuccina.it

Giorgio Fontaneto e Domenico Severico
Via Mazzini, 31
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 366 6892973
giofont956@libero.it

Mattia Giustina
Via Prosmini, 39
Cureggio (No)
Tel. 348 8686662
mattia.giustina@hotmail.it

Az. Agr. Petruzza Luca
Via Sant’Alessandro, 12 bis
Cressa (No)
Tel. 366 8707514
stefanoconcia9@gmail.com
Cipolle coltivate nel campo di Via S. Pietro a Fontaneto d’Agogna

Ivano Platini
Via Cureggio, 50
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89100

Luigi e Gianni Platini
Via S.Ambrogio Cacciana
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89219
luigicacciana@gmail.com


Sotto Costa
Di Silvio Colombi
Località Pollini
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89698
stefano.colombi2@gmail.com

Eraldo Teruggi
Via Cavaglio, 4
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 335 7291284
eraldo.teruggi@gmail.com

Pietro Luigi Teruggi
Frazione S. Antonio, 28/30
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 349 2500208

Savio Teruggi e Giuseppe Valsecchi
Via Mazzini, 38
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 349 6906843
savio.teruggi@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Luca Platini
Tel. 347 5550447
slowfood.collinenovaresi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Oscar Temporiti
Tel. +39 346 0984468
oscar.1996.t@gmail.com
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
Growers and processors
Simona Cerri e Oscar Temporiti
Via Gramsci, 68
Cureggio (No)
Tel. 340 5604467 - 346 0984468
simona.19869@gmail.com
oscar.1996.t@gmail.com


Growers

Maura Barcellini e Pier Luigi Platini
Vicolo Andrey, 4
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89390 - 379 1189465
maurabarcellini@yahoo.it

Il Borgo Verde Soc. Coop. Agr.
Via dei Mille, 24
Borgomanero (No)
Tel. 338 8208968
m.caligara@gmail.com
Progetto del circolo territoriale di Legambiente “Gli Amici del Lago” APS
Cipolle coltivate nel campo di Via Del Forno 31 a Fontaneto d’Agogna

La Capuccina
di Raffaella Fortina
Strada Capuccina, 7
Cureggio (No)
Tel. 339 7037330
raffaella@lacapuccina.it

Giorgio Fontaneto e Domenico Severico
Via Mazzini, 31
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 366 6892973
giofont956@libero.it

Mattia Giustina
Via Prosmini, 39
Cureggio (No)
Tel. 348 8686662
mattia.giustina@hotmail.it

Az. Agr. Petruzza Luca
Via Sant’Alessandro, 12 bis
Cressa (No)
Tel. 366 8707514
stefanoconcia9@gmail.com
Cipolle coltivate nel campo di Via S. Pietro a Fontaneto d’Agogna

Ivano Platini
Via Cureggio, 50
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89100

Luigi e Gianni Platini
Via S.Ambrogio Cacciana
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89219
luigicacciana@gmail.com


Sotto Costa
Di Silvio Colombi
Località Pollini
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 0322 89698
stefano.colombi2@gmail.com

Eraldo Teruggi
Via Cavaglio, 4
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 335 7291284
eraldo.teruggi@gmail.com

Pietro Luigi Teruggi
Frazione S. Antonio, 28/30
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 349 2500208

Savio Teruggi e Giuseppe Valsecchi
Via Mazzini, 38
Fontaneto d’Agogna (No)
Tel. 349 6906843
savio.teruggi@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Luca Platini
Tel. 347 5550447
slowfood.collinenovaresi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Oscar Temporiti
Tel. +39 346 0984468
oscar.1996.t@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont