The climate and alluvial soil around Gorizia, in the Collio area of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, has historically made the town famous for vegetable-growing. A local variety of red radicchio (Cicorium inthybus) has long been cultivated in the town’s market gardens and surrounding agricultural areas (particularly Sant’Andrea and San Rocco). The radicchio looks like a rosebud about to open, and is known as the rosa di Gorizia, the “Gorizia rose.” The leaves are an intense, bright red color, with shadings of pink and garnet, and have a crisp texture and strong, slightly bitter flavor.
The area’s oldest farmers remember always having grown this type of radicchio, which represented one of the few secure sources of income during the winter season for the mixed farms (vegetables, livestock, extensive cultivation) once common in the area.
Available from December to February
The Presidium’s objective is to promote the radicchio outside the local area, because the patient care it requires and the increasing lack of cultivatable land around the town are threatening its continued survival.
To protect the radicchio, the project will also involve the growers from the Slovenian part of the city, who maintain the same tradition and can help prevent its loss.
Market gardens around Gorizia
Presidium supported by
Funds raised by the “Alliance between chefs and Slow Food Presidia 2012” project
The producers of Rosa di Gorizia are united in the
Gorizia Red or Gorizia Rose and Gorizia Canary Root Producers Association
Via del Montesanto, 133
Tel. 340 8323808
To buy the product, please contact the association or:
Via Brigata Etna, 5
Tel. +39 347 7837039
Locality Piuma, 56
Tel.+39 329 0653645
Via dei Campi, 30 A
Tel. +39 330 722370
Stradone della Mainizza, 243
Tel. +39 335 7027314
Via Svevo, 16
Tel.+39 328 4927638