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Calabria – Food

The traditional cuisine of Calabria is characterized by its strong flavors. The chili pepper (peperoncino) is used in many typical dishes: bruschetta with n’duja (soft salami with peperoncino) the Calabrian soppressata (pork sausage with black pepper and chili pepper) or the sardella – also called the “caviar of the poor” – pasta with sardines or whitebait and peperoncino, of course!

Fish is the main ingredient in many recipes: tunafish, often with onions, swordfish and anchovies, often cooked with peperoncino.

Inland there are many dishes based on meat, mostly pork and goat, like maccarruni cu’zugu Crapa e ru Porcu (macaroni with goat and pork sauce). In Locri area, it is usual to cook the dormouse in the summer time, before its hibernation. Red Onion from Tropea is also very famous.
Chestnuts are an ingredient in many traditional dishes of the Savuto river Valley (Valle del Savuto), both in salty and sweet recipes.

Typical desserts: Nzuddha, a very tough cookie of Arab origin, made of unleavened dough, honey and liquor, and Stomatico, very similar to the Nzuddha but enriched with almonds.
Christmas sweets tipical from Locride area are Pretali (also called “Pittegli”), covered with glaze and stuffed with dried fig, almonds, hazelnut….

Pretali - Christmas sweets (Photo credits: Martina Pingi)
Pretali – Christmas sweets (Photo credits: Martina Pingi)

Calabria has a very ancient tradition of wine-growing; many vine varieties are still the same ones imported by the ancient Greeks in pre-Roman times and are characterized by the same taste and texture of the typical Southern Italian wines.

 

DOC WINES IN CALABRIA:
Bivongi
Cirò
Greco di Bianco
Lamezia
Melissa
S. Anna Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Savuto
Scavigna
Terre di Cosenza

SLOW FOOD PRESIDIA IN CALABRIA:
Cheeses and dairy products:
Ciminà Caciocavallo

Meat products:
Capicollo azze anca grecanico
Belmonte Gammune

Wines and grapes:
Saracena Moscato al Governo
Pizzo Calabro Zibibbo

ARK OF TASTE PRODUCTS (SLOW FOOD FOUNDATION) IN CALABRIA:
Cakes, pastries and sweets:
Cupeta di Montepaone
Scaudet

Fresh and dried fruit:
Bergamot Orange
Diamante Smooth Lime

Cheeses and dairy products:
Butirro
Crotonese Canestrato
Aspromonte Caprino
Felciata
Morano Felciata
Juncata
Musulupu
Monte Poro Pecorino
Rasco
Smoked Ricotta

Legumes:
Poverello bean
Mormanno lentil

Vegetables:
Verdon peas
Belmonte tomato
Zagarise tomato
Valle del Crati fig syrup

Bread and baked goods:
Fiscottino
Cerchiara Bread
Pellegrina Bread

Breeds and animal husbandry:
Black Calabrian Pig
Calabrian Podolica Cattle

Meat products:
Spilinga ‘Nduja
Sacchetto from Longobucco
Sila Soppressata
Decollatura Soppressata

Spices, wild herbs and condiments:
Sila black anise

DOP PRODUCTS (Italian Protected Designation of Origin) IN CALABRIA:
Cheeses:
Sila Caciocavallo
Crotone Pecorino

Oils:
Alto Crotonese
Bruzio
Lametia

Essential Oil:
Reggio Calabria bergamot orange

Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Tropea red onion
Cosenza figs

Plants:
Calabria liquorice

Meat products:
Calabria Capocollo
Calabria Pancetta
Calabria sausage
Calabria Soppressata

IGP PRODUCTS (Protected Geographical Indication) IN CALABRIA:
Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Calabria clementine
Rocca Imperiale lemon
Sila potato

Confections:
Bagnara Torrone

 

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