Voghera Pepper

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Lombardy

Piedmont

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Voghera Pepper

The Voghera Pepper is usually squarish, with four ribs (or sometimes three), one of which may be slightly longer than the others and have a hooked shape. When fully mature, this pepper is yellow or almost orange, but it is also delicious several days before full ripeness, when it is pale green. It has a thin skin and the flesh is firm, meaty, and not too watery. The flavor is sweet and delicate, though there are sometimes spicy notes.
This variety is grown near the Po River in the provinces of Pavia and Alessandria, especially in the municipality of Voghera, which was well known for pepper cultivation between the 1920s and 1950s. At that time, the fertile, clay-rich, canal-irrigated lands across the Staffora River east of Voghera were covered in gardens, and most peppers were sold in the city’s fruit and vegetable market. Due to its sweetness, digestibility, and suitability for pickling, the Voghera Pepper soon became popular beyond Italy and a market for it developed in Europe and the United States.
In the early 1950s, production declined due to a disease known as Fusarium wilt and the introduction of more productive varieties that were better suited to large-scale distribution, putting the very existence of the Voghera Pepper at risk. However, a few enthusiasts continued to grow it in their personal gardens, particularly in the villages surrounding Voghera, ensuring the conservation of the seeds and the survival of the variety. In 2006, a concerted effort began to revive the Voghera Pepper from recovered seeds, allowing for small-scale production to resume in the sandy, mineral-rich soils of the flatlands along the Po.
The Presidium producers select and save seeds, which they plant in February. Between April and late June, they transplant the seedlings into greenhouses or open fields. Mulching sheets and/or mechanical processes are used to control weeds, and management of pathogens and soil fertility is based on agroecologically sound practices and products including crop rotation, drip irrigation, organic amendments and fertilizers, insect nets, and copper-based pesticides.
The Voghera Pepper matures rapidly, allowing for up to four rounds of harvesting between July and November. In the kitchen, this is a particularly versatile variety: it can be eaten raw, cooked in risotto or peperonata, conserved in oil or vinegar for use as a condiment with main dishes such as bollito, and even used in desserts. Some families continue the practice of conserving the peppers in grape pomace inside demijohns, following an old Vogherese recipe.

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The research that has enabled the recovery of the ecotype's organoleptic and morphological characteristics was initiated by a group of producers and the Slow Food Oltrepò Pavese Convivium, in collaboration with the Carlo Gallini Agricultural Technical Institute in Voghera, the Institute of Plant Pathology at the University of Milan and the Agricultural Research Centre (CRA) in Montanaso Lombardo. In 2008, the Association for the Protection and Promotion of the Voghera Pepper (PepeVo) was founded. Its member companies are mostly run by young farmers and follow strict production specifications. In this way the Presidium producers aim to recover the memory of a traditional product that is identity to their community and stimulate the curiosity of younger people and the catering industry so that its cultivation is preserved in the future.




Production area:
The areas around the confluences of the Scrivia, Curone, and Staffora Rivers with the Po in the provinces of Pavia and Alessandria.

Presidium supported by:
This project is funded by CAF America thanks to the generosity of FedEx
Producers

Az. Agr. Balduzzi
di Marco Balduzzi
Frazione Mezzo Nuovo, 15
Alzano Scrivia (AL)
Tel. 0131 857303
agribalduzzi@gmail.com
 
Cascina Sabbione
di Nicola Piccione
Località Cascina Sabbione, 6
Robecco Pavese (PV)
Tel. 348 8602642
nicolapiccione@virgilio.it 

Alessio Lancellotti
Via Po, 13
Casei Gerola (PV)
Tel. 329 3123995
 
Andrea Olezza
Via Vittorio Emanuele III, 53
Ghiaie di Corana (PV)
Tel. 0383 48220
orto.olezza@hotmail.it
 
Orti Sociali
di Moreno Baggini
Via Negrotto Cambiaso, 68
Voghera (PV)
Tel. 340 4558683
ortisocialivoghera@gmail.com




Slow Food contact person
Elisa Nervetti
Tel. +39 340 6753425
oltrepopavese@network.slowfood.it

Producer contact person
Andrea Olezza
Tel. +39 340 8123773
orto.olezza@hotmail.it
The research that has enabled the recovery of the ecotype's organoleptic and morphological characteristics was initiated by a group of producers and the Slow Food Oltrepò Pavese Convivium, in collaboration with the Carlo Gallini Agricultural Technical Institute in Voghera, the Institute of Plant Pathology at the University of Milan and the Agricultural Research Centre (CRA) in Montanaso Lombardo. In 2008, the Association for the Protection and Promotion of the Voghera Pepper (PepeVo) was founded. Its member companies are mostly run by young farmers and follow strict production specifications. In this way the Presidium producers aim to recover the memory of a traditional product that is identity to their community and stimulate the curiosity of younger people and the catering industry so that its cultivation is preserved in the future.




Production area:
The areas around the confluences of the Scrivia, Curone, and Staffora Rivers with the Po in the provinces of Pavia and Alessandria.

Presidium supported by:
This project is funded by CAF America thanks to the generosity of FedEx
Producers

Az. Agr. Balduzzi
di Marco Balduzzi
Frazione Mezzo Nuovo, 15
Alzano Scrivia (AL)
Tel. 0131 857303
agribalduzzi@gmail.com
 
Cascina Sabbione
di Nicola Piccione
Località Cascina Sabbione, 6
Robecco Pavese (PV)
Tel. 348 8602642
nicolapiccione@virgilio.it 

Alessio Lancellotti
Via Po, 13
Casei Gerola (PV)
Tel. 329 3123995
 
Andrea Olezza
Via Vittorio Emanuele III, 53
Ghiaie di Corana (PV)
Tel. 0383 48220
orto.olezza@hotmail.it
 
Orti Sociali
di Moreno Baggini
Via Negrotto Cambiaso, 68
Voghera (PV)
Tel. 340 4558683
ortisocialivoghera@gmail.com




Slow Food contact person
Elisa Nervetti
Tel. +39 340 6753425
oltrepopavese@network.slowfood.it

Producer contact person
Andrea Olezza
Tel. +39 340 8123773
orto.olezza@hotmail.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionLombardyPiedmont