Sorrento Peninsula Walnut

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Sorrento Peninsula Walnut

The walnuts of the Sorrento Peninsula have long been prized for their sensory qualities. Of medium size, oval in shape with a rounded base and a slightly pointed tip, the thin, cinnamon-colored shell protects a pale, plump, crisp-tender kernel with a delicious, delicate flavor.
Historically in this area walnuts were grown symbiotically with olives and grapes in the hill terraces and intercropped with citrus in the lowlands. The nuts have a long connection with the area, and Sorrento walnuts were already being grown and appreciated by the Romans. Remains of fossilized walnuts and carbonized trees have been discovered at Herculaneum, and paintings of walnut trees have been found at the Villa dei Misteri in Pompeii. These days, the names of places and streets testify to the ancient link: The town of Piano di Sorrento, for example, is also known as Caruotto, from the Greek charouon, meaning walnut.
The walnuts are harvested between September and late October, depending on the area, by being knocked down with long chestnutwood rods, or by climbing the trees. The nuts are sold fresh, or dried on racks set out in the open air.
Many typical coastal recipes use the nuts: sauces, spaghetti with walnuts, confectionery (biscuits, nougat, semifreddo) and the famous liqueur known as nocino or nocillo. Sorrento walnuts are particularly appreciated by bakers and pastry chefs not only for their sensory qualities, but also because the kernel is particularly easy to extract whole from the shell.

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Season

The walnuts are harvested between September and October.

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Even though the walnut spread to the rest of Campania from the Sorrento Peninsula—which provided the genetic material to select the cultivar that is still the most common across Italy, the Sorrento—paradoxically walnut cultivation has been almost entirely abandoned here.
Increasingly the fruits are left on the trees, which are not replanted when they dry out. It is a complex crop, grown in small marginal plots, often terraced, where it is not easy to harvest the nuts (whether with rods or by climbing the trees). Compared to the cultivation costs, the yield is not high and the walnuts do not fetch a fair price on the market, due to their size, which is often smaller than market standards.
The Presidium has been started in order to reactivate the local microeconomy and prevent the complete disappearance of walnuts from the area, which would have negative impacts for the local environment, landscape and identity.

Production area
Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Capri and Anacapri, Castellammare di Stabia (on the Monte Faito slopes), Agerola and Pimonte municipalities, Naples province, Campania region

Presidium supported by
Region of Campania
Antico Casale Colli di San Pietro di Mario Persico
Piano di Sorrento (Na)
Colli di San Pietro
Via Cermenna 45
Tel. +39 081 8083462 – 333 7422518
info@ilcasaleantico.com
www.ilcasaleantico.com

Giulio Dubbioso
Vico Equense (Na)
Località Montechiaro
Via Cortile, 20
Tel. +39 081 8028387 – 347 9836968
agricoladubbioso@gmail.com

Le Terre Alte di Sorrento di Vincenzo Astarita
Sorrento (Na)
Via Rivezzoli 10
Tel.+39 081 8786131 – 368 7677393
leterrealtedisorrento@gmail.com
www.leterrealtedisorrento.it

Le Tore di Vittoria Brancaccio
Massa Lubrense (Na)
Via Pontone 43
Tel. +39 081 8080637 – 348 4334608
info@letore.com
www.letore.com

Lorenzo Miniero
Vico Equense (Na)
Località Massaquano
Via Raspolo, 29
Tel. +39 081 8799184 – 331 4295423
az_agr_miniero@libero.it

Francesco Saverio Ferraro
Vico Equense (Na)
Località Massaquano
Via Raspolo, 22
Tel.+39 081 8027236
ferrarogiuseppe@libero.it

Francesco Volpe
Vico Equense (Na)
Moiano
Via Cirigliano
Tel. +39 081 8023197 – 334 3893484
ninoenza13@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Elena De Marco
Tel. +39 333 3308614
biodiversita@slowfoodcostierasorrentina.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Luisa Miniero
Tel. +39 339 8074151
luigiaminiero@libero.it
Even though the walnut spread to the rest of Campania from the Sorrento Peninsula—which provided the genetic material to select the cultivar that is still the most common across Italy, the Sorrento—paradoxically walnut cultivation has been almost entirely abandoned here.
Increasingly the fruits are left on the trees, which are not replanted when they dry out. It is a complex crop, grown in small marginal plots, often terraced, where it is not easy to harvest the nuts (whether with rods or by climbing the trees). Compared to the cultivation costs, the yield is not high and the walnuts do not fetch a fair price on the market, due to their size, which is often smaller than market standards.
The Presidium has been started in order to reactivate the local microeconomy and prevent the complete disappearance of walnuts from the area, which would have negative impacts for the local environment, landscape and identity.

Production area
Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sant’Agnello, Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Capri and Anacapri, Castellammare di Stabia (on the Monte Faito slopes), Agerola and Pimonte municipalities, Naples province, Campania region

Presidium supported by
Region of Campania
Antico Casale Colli di San Pietro di Mario Persico
Piano di Sorrento (Na)
Colli di San Pietro
Via Cermenna 45
Tel. +39 081 8083462 – 333 7422518
info@ilcasaleantico.com
www.ilcasaleantico.com

Giulio Dubbioso
Vico Equense (Na)
Località Montechiaro
Via Cortile, 20
Tel. +39 081 8028387 – 347 9836968
agricoladubbioso@gmail.com

Le Terre Alte di Sorrento di Vincenzo Astarita
Sorrento (Na)
Via Rivezzoli 10
Tel.+39 081 8786131 – 368 7677393
leterrealtedisorrento@gmail.com
www.leterrealtedisorrento.it

Le Tore di Vittoria Brancaccio
Massa Lubrense (Na)
Via Pontone 43
Tel. +39 081 8080637 – 348 4334608
info@letore.com
www.letore.com

Lorenzo Miniero
Vico Equense (Na)
Località Massaquano
Via Raspolo, 29
Tel. +39 081 8799184 – 331 4295423
az_agr_miniero@libero.it

Francesco Saverio Ferraro
Vico Equense (Na)
Località Massaquano
Via Raspolo, 22
Tel.+39 081 8027236
ferrarogiuseppe@libero.it

Francesco Volpe
Vico Equense (Na)
Moiano
Via Cirigliano
Tel. +39 081 8023197 – 334 3893484
ninoenza13@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Elena De Marco
Tel. +39 333 3308614
biodiversita@slowfoodcostierasorrentina.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Luisa Miniero
Tel. +39 339 8074151
luigiaminiero@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionCampania