Almonds were once grown all over the province of Bari, profoundly influencing the agricultural landscape. Various native cultivars developed in the area around Toritto, near the edge of the Alta Murgia. Named after historic citizens of the town, some have managed to withstand the invasion of the more productive Californian varieties. They still bear the names of local figures, like Antonio De Vito and Filippo Cea. This latter variety, whose “mother” plant survives in Matine di Toritto, is particularly excellent and still found in many almond groves. Its notable creaminess makes it ideal for use in confectionery.
Harvested from late August to early October, depending on the cultivar.