Here in the land of citrus and almonds, olives and prickly pears, in Leonforte they grow peaches. Right here, in this town that is perched on a hill just north of Enna, each year in June something crazy takes place: farmers place little sacks made of vellum on the still-green peaches one at a time, while they go about pruning. This meticulous job is done by men only and allows for no errors (in a single day the fastest of them can bag more than 2,000 peaches). Inside the sacks the peaches mature from August to October, and sometimes even into November. Inside their individual packets the peaches are protected from parasites and the wind, and can stay on the tree until the very last minute, to be picked only when they are completely mature. Cultivation is intense and extremely delicate: every step from bagging to the harvest, when the peaches are plucked with a slight rotation of the stem, calls for extreme precision (and woe to anyone who rips a stem!). The fruits are not very flashy; as they ripen late, and in a bag, their coloring is at most an intense yellow with light red streaks. But they are always incredibly fragrant and boast a yellow, firm flesh that is sweet with a distinctive, slightly caramelized flavor.
The peach is harvested from August to October
Leonforte, Assoro, Nissoria, Enna and Calascibetta municipalities, Enna province
Tel. +39 339 4236628
Tel. +39 340 3863368
Tel. +39 335 8123094-333 2419097
di Giovanni Trovati
Tel. +39 338 9110383