Dried Calizzano and Murialdo Chestnut

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Liguria

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Dried Calizzano and Murialdo Chestnut

An ancient preservation technique, once common throughout the Ligurian Apennines and the Piedmontese valleys, still survives in the Bormida Valley. It involves drying chestnuts in tecci, small one-room stone buildings with a shingle roof. A low fire burns constantly inside, smoking the chestnuts arranged on a wooden rack (graia) suspended two or three meters above the ground. Active tecci can still be found hidden amongst the huge old trees in the chestnut woods of the upper Bormida Valley.

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Season

Harvested from mid-September to mid-November; fire-dried chestnuts and products made with them are available year-round.

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A cooperative of chestnut-pickers has drawn up a production protocol that specifies the harvest area and gives detailed indications about smoking and processing the chestnuts. The chain is completed by skilled local artisans who use the dried chestnuts to make cookies, preserves, creams and ice cream. Unfortunately the oriental chestnut gall wasp, a vicious pest spreading through chestnut woods throughout Italy, is threatening this virtuous system.

Production area
Upper Bormida Valley, Savona Province
The producers, gatherers and custodians of the chestnuts groves together form the:
Società Cooperativa Il Teccio
Calizzano (Sv)
via Santa Rosalia, 4
tel. 346 4912200 – 335 1349845
coopilteccio@gmail.com
www.lacastagnaessiccata.com
Produces dried chestnuts and chestnut flour in forest lodges.

The producers
Calizzano (Savona): Nicoletta Maritano, Agriturismo Cà di Voi di Marco Ferraro, Valeria Pesce
Murialdo (Savona): Lorenzo Ghisolfo, Renzo Nolasco, Luca Ghisolfo, Ezio Ghisolfo

The processors
Da Motta
Amalia and Adriana Massone
Calizzano (Savona)
Via Garibaldi
Tel. 338 4690903
Produces pastries.

Veleria Nari
Calizzano (Savona)
Via Frassino, 31
Tel. 019 79734 — 333 955 9807
Produces pastries and Genoa cake.

Pinotto
Paolo Riolfo
Calizzano (Savona)
Piazza San Rocco, 16
Tel. 019 79533 – 339 3012564
barpinotto@libero.it
Produces ice cream and pastries.

Santamaria & C.
Federico Santamaria
Calizzano (Savona)
Via Sforza Gallo, 12
tel. 019 7906065 – 335 7708025
f.santamaria@tiscali.it
www.santamaria-sv.it
Produces candied chestnuts and other confectionary.
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Luca Ghisolfo
tel. 346 4912200
ghiso79@libero.it



A cooperative of chestnut-pickers has drawn up a production protocol that specifies the harvest area and gives detailed indications about smoking and processing the chestnuts. The chain is completed by skilled local artisans who use the dried chestnuts to make cookies, preserves, creams and ice cream. Unfortunately the oriental chestnut gall wasp, a vicious pest spreading through chestnut woods throughout Italy, is threatening this virtuous system.

Production area
Upper Bormida Valley, Savona Province
The producers, gatherers and custodians of the chestnuts groves together form the:
Società Cooperativa Il Teccio
Calizzano (Sv)
via Santa Rosalia, 4
tel. 346 4912200 – 335 1349845
coopilteccio@gmail.com
www.lacastagnaessiccata.com
Produces dried chestnuts and chestnut flour in forest lodges.

The producers
Calizzano (Savona): Nicoletta Maritano, Agriturismo Cà di Voi di Marco Ferraro, Valeria Pesce
Murialdo (Savona): Lorenzo Ghisolfo, Renzo Nolasco, Luca Ghisolfo, Ezio Ghisolfo

The processors
Da Motta
Amalia and Adriana Massone
Calizzano (Savona)
Via Garibaldi
Tel. 338 4690903
Produces pastries.

Veleria Nari
Calizzano (Savona)
Via Frassino, 31
Tel. 019 79734 — 333 955 9807
Produces pastries and Genoa cake.

Pinotto
Paolo Riolfo
Calizzano (Savona)
Piazza San Rocco, 16
Tel. 019 79533 – 339 3012564
barpinotto@libero.it
Produces ice cream and pastries.

Santamaria & C.
Federico Santamaria
Calizzano (Savona)
Via Sforza Gallo, 12
tel. 019 7906065 – 335 7708025
f.santamaria@tiscali.it
www.santamaria-sv.it
Produces candied chestnuts and other confectionary.
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Luca Ghisolfo
tel. 346 4912200
ghiso79@libero.it



Territory

StateItaly
RegionLiguria