Nizza Monferrato Hunchback Cardoon

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Piedmont

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

Back to the archive >
Nizza Monferrato Hunchback Cardoon

The Nizza Monferrato hunchback cardoon is an essential ingredient in one of the symbols of Piedmontese gastronomy, bagna caoda, a boiling-hot sauce of garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and anchovies served with vegetables. Sown in May in the sandy soil along the Belbo River, the cardoons become “hunchbacks” thanks to an unusual cultivation technique. In September the tall, bushy plants are folded and covered with earth. As they try to free themselves and reach the light, they swell and curve. The stems lose all their chlorophyll, becoming white and tender. After a month they are uncovered and the leaves and any damaged parts are cut off, leaving the crisp, sweet heart. Hunchback cardoons can be stuffed, fried, made into soup or prepared in many other ways.

Season

The harvest begins in the first week of October and lasts unti February.

Back to the archive >
A few years ago, there were only a few growers left, and they did not receive a fair price for their hunchback cardoons. The Presidium has united them and together they have drawn up a protocol that specifies that only the traditional Spadone variety can be sown and forbids the use of any chemical fertilizer, herbicide or parasiticide. Cultivation of the cardoons has been revived and the producers now sell directly under a shared brand.

Production area
Nizza Monferrato and surroundings, Asti Province

Presidium supported by
Asti Provincial Authority, Municipality of Nizza Monferrato, Nizza Monferrato Regional Enoteca
Giuseppina Amerelli
San Marzano Oliveto (At)
via valle Asinari, 8
tel. 0141 856331
338 6909308

Davide Barbero
Rocchetta Palafea (At)
Regione Tesole, 10
Tel. 389 4868123
barbe2008@hotmail.it

Rosina Calogero
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada Sernella, 14
tel. 0141 726625 - 335 1285356
a.agatiello@sirti.it

Rosanna Cancellara Tomasi
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada San Michele, 21
tel. 0141 793390
333 9180611
deliziedirosanna@hotmail.it

Maria Teresa Guerrina
Incisa Scapaccino (At)
via Montechissone, 12
tel. 0141 74103
347 5630683

Pierlorenzo Pavese
Incisa Scappaccino (At)
via Cortiglione, 66
tel. 0141 74058
349 6493238
pavesepierlorenzo@alice.it

Vittorio Quaglia
Incisa Scappaccino (At)
via Piana, 8
tel. 0141 74620
328 6493238
quavit@inwind.it

Walter Roggero
Nizza Monferrato (At)
Strada Piazzaro, 4
tel. 349 4755109
roggerowalter@yahoo.it

Sergio Scaglione
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada Lavecchia, 6
tel. 0141 727054
328 3573779
scaglione_sergio@libero.it

Claudio Vaccaneo
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada Piazzaro, 8a
tel. 0141 727509
347 0776526
claudio.vaccaneo@libero.it

Leo Carozzo
Nizza Monferrato (At)
via Santa Maria Domenica Mazzarello, 105
tel. 331 8112034
aziendaagricolacarozzoleo@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Vittorio Quaglia
tel. 346 2143947
quavit@inwind.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Piercarlo Albertazzi
Tel. +39 335 5348611
druida@tin.it
A few years ago, there were only a few growers left, and they did not receive a fair price for their hunchback cardoons. The Presidium has united them and together they have drawn up a protocol that specifies that only the traditional Spadone variety can be sown and forbids the use of any chemical fertilizer, herbicide or parasiticide. Cultivation of the cardoons has been revived and the producers now sell directly under a shared brand.

Production area
Nizza Monferrato and surroundings, Asti Province

Presidium supported by
Asti Provincial Authority, Municipality of Nizza Monferrato, Nizza Monferrato Regional Enoteca
Giuseppina Amerelli
San Marzano Oliveto (At)
via valle Asinari, 8
tel. 0141 856331
338 6909308

Davide Barbero
Rocchetta Palafea (At)
Regione Tesole, 10
Tel. 389 4868123
barbe2008@hotmail.it

Rosina Calogero
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada Sernella, 14
tel. 0141 726625 - 335 1285356
a.agatiello@sirti.it

Rosanna Cancellara Tomasi
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada San Michele, 21
tel. 0141 793390
333 9180611
deliziedirosanna@hotmail.it

Maria Teresa Guerrina
Incisa Scapaccino (At)
via Montechissone, 12
tel. 0141 74103
347 5630683

Pierlorenzo Pavese
Incisa Scappaccino (At)
via Cortiglione, 66
tel. 0141 74058
349 6493238
pavesepierlorenzo@alice.it

Vittorio Quaglia
Incisa Scappaccino (At)
via Piana, 8
tel. 0141 74620
328 6493238
quavit@inwind.it

Walter Roggero
Nizza Monferrato (At)
Strada Piazzaro, 4
tel. 349 4755109
roggerowalter@yahoo.it

Sergio Scaglione
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada Lavecchia, 6
tel. 0141 727054
328 3573779
scaglione_sergio@libero.it

Claudio Vaccaneo
Nizza Monferrato (At)
strada Piazzaro, 8a
tel. 0141 727509
347 0776526
claudio.vaccaneo@libero.it

Leo Carozzo
Nizza Monferrato (At)
via Santa Maria Domenica Mazzarello, 105
tel. 331 8112034
aziendaagricolacarozzoleo@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Vittorio Quaglia
tel. 346 2143947
quavit@inwind.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Piercarlo Albertazzi
Tel. +39 335 5348611
druida@tin.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont