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Basilicata – Food

The cuisine of Basilicata has been deeply influenced by its rural tradition. Due to its cereal production, the area of Murgia is called “Italy’s barn”.
Hand made durum wheat pasta was probably invented in Basilicata. Just to mention some of its different types: fusilli, cavatelli, calzoni, orecchiette, strascinati (similar to orecchiette).

Meat ragu is the traditional dressing for pasta. It is a mix of lamb, pork and goat meat cooked in tomato sauce. Bread is a food just as important and it is part of many recipes. It is usually made from wheat flour and its flavor is intensified by cooking in wood ovens. The bread made in Matera is very appreciated. It is similar to that of Altamura, made only from bran, in large forms and hardens very slowly.

Traditional courses are usually enriched by hot red pepper which is called “diavulicchiu”, “frangisello”, “cerasela”. It was anciently used to treat diseases such as malaria.
Typical recipes are: “Pignata”, sheep meat and vegetables cooked in terracotta pottery; “Cutturiddu”, sheep with onions, hot red pepper, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes; “Fedda Rossa”, a slice of bread cooked over charcoal, toppings of your choosing.

 

DOCG WINES IN BASILICATA:
Aglianico del Vulture Superiore

DOC WINES IN BASILICATA:
Aglianico del Vulture
Grottino di Roccanova
Matera
Terre d’Alta Val d’Agri

SLOW FOOD PRESIDIA IN BASILICATA:
Fresh and dried fruit:
Ferrandina Baked Olive
Sinni Valley Signora Pear

Cheeses and dairy products:
Basilicata Podolico Caciocavallo

Legumes:
Pantano di Pignola Red Bean

Meat products:
Materana Mountain Pezzente

ARK OF TASTE PRODUCTS (SLOW FOOD FOUNDATION) IN BASILICATA:
Fresh and dried fruit:
Staccia Orange

Cheeses and dairy products:
Burrino
Moliterno Casieddu
Manteca Podolica
Paddaccio
Filiano Pecorino
Moliterno Pecorino

Legumes:
Sarconi Bean

Vegetables:
Rotonda Red Eggplant
Senise Pepper
Rotonda Ribbed Tomato

Bread and baked goods:
Matera Bread
U’ Pastizz ‘Rtunnar

Meat products:
Bella-Muro Sausage
Cancellara Sausage
Rivello Soperzata

Breeds and animal husbandry:
Podolica Cow

DOP PRODUCTS (Italian Protected Designation of Origin) IN BASILICATA:
Cheeses:
Caciocavallo
Filiano Pecorino

Oils:
Vulture

Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Rotonda White Beans
Rotonda Red Eggplant

IGP PRODUCTS (Protected Geographical Indication) IN BASILICATA:
Cheeses:
Moliterno Canestrato

Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Sarconi Beans
Senise Pepper

Bread and baked goods:
Matera Bread

 

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