The rich fruit and vegetable heritage of Cavallino-Treporti

Thinking on the coastline Cavallino-Treporti, it would be easy to count among its typical products those related to fishing, but actually this territory is even more known for its gardens and the wide range of vegetable and fruit that grow up here.

Thanks to the good weather conditions – here the climate is mild and sunny –  the morphological and chemical properties of the terrain and the local farmers’ ability – who use even more sophisticated techniques – unique and delicious products grow up in Cavallino-Treporti, many of which are considered today Slow Food Presidia.

Do you want to know more about the best farm products of our territory? Read on! Maybe you will discover something new that you do not know yet…

Here a list of the traditional farm products of Cavallino-Treporti (please note that according to the Italian law a product is considered “traditional” if it is cultivated on a territory according to the traditional rules for not less than 25 years!):

Amaro Montine green asparagus (Asparago verde Amaro Montine)

asparago montine cavallino Treporti

photo credits: Agricoltura.provincia.venezia.it

Appreciated for its slightly bitter taste and for its early production – it is cultivated from February to May – the Asparago Montine is the only local green asparagus in Veneto. To produce this special kind of asparagus, it is necessary to well expose the shoots to the sunlight to encourage the chlorophyll formation. When the vegetables are ready to be harvested, they are  packaged in bunches and sold at the market. The Asparago Montine is so well known on the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti as to be the star of a fest called “Festa dea sparasea” (Feast of the Asparagus) which takes place between the end of April and the beginning of May.

 

 

Cavallino tomato (Pomodoro del Cavallino)

pomodoro di cavallino

photo credits: Gente del fud

The Cavallino tomatoes have been cultivated for several centuries only for self-consumption, but after the flood of 1966 they took the place of fruit crops and became one of the important products of the area. Cultivated from March to November not only in Cavallino-Treporti, but also on the islands of St. Erasmo and Vignole, there are many varieties among them: “Monika” and “Alambra” (bunches), “Carson” and “Calinda” (round and green) and “Naomi” (classic cherry tomato).

Cavallino jujube (Giuggiolo del Cavallino)

giuggiola di Cavallino

The jujube is a strong tree coming from Central Asia and China. Initially it was used in Cavallino-Treporti, St. Erasmo and Vignole only as an ornamental, but soon it spread as a plant cultivated for its fruits – which grow up in September and October – but also as windbreak and shade for the cultivated areas. The fruits of jujube are light brown tending towards reddish and have the size of an olive. The flesh is white and firm and it is used in cosmetics but also to make jams, syrups and liquors. At the end of September the jujube is celebrated in Lio Piccolo with a well-known feast called “Festa dea sisoea” (Feast of the Jujube).

Pears from the Venetian area (Pere del Veneziano)

pere di venezia

The cultivation of the pear tree was introduced on the coast of Cavallino-Treporti in the years between 1920 and 1930 but it is well spread throughout the province of Venice. Nowadays the most cultivated varieties are: “William”, “William Rosse” (“Max Red Bartlett”), “Kaiser” and “Conference”. The summer varieties as “Precoce Morettini” and “Santa Maria” mature around July-August instead autumn-winter ones as “Abate Fetel” and “Decana del Comizio” mature between September and December.

Venice white peach (Pesca bianca di Venezia)

pesche di venezia

The Venice white peach – cultivated from June to August until the flood of 1966 in Cavallino-Treporti, on the islands of St. Erasmo and Vignole and in other municipalities of the province of Venice –  can be found nowadays only by few dealers in Venice. It is a medium sized round peach with a smooth skin and a tinged with red pulp, used for its flavour in the preparation of the famous Bellini cocktail. Because they are very vulnerable to handling – they are packaged only in single layers – Venice white peaches are consumed immediately as they are mature and not stored.

Lio Piccolo yellow plum (Susina gialla di Lio Piccolo)

susina di cavallino

Photo credits: canottieritreporti.blogspot.it

Coming from the South-eastern Europe and western Asia, the Lio Piccolo yellow plum have been cultivated from June to August in the municipality of Cavallino-Treporti since the times of the Serenissima Republic. Many crops were destroyed in 1966 by the flood and today most of the orchards are family-owned. It is a small, round acidic fruit with a thin skin and intense yellow-gold colour. This plum is very delicate and for this reason it is distributed on the market or kept refrigerated for a few days. In July the traditional “Sagra dea Succhetta” (the “Plum Festival”) celebrates this fruit in the small village of Saccagnana.

Marvel of Venice bean (Fagiolino meraviglia di Venezia)

photo credits: prodottitipiciveneto.it

photo credits: prodottitipiciveneto.it

The fagiolino meraviglia di Venezia, a light yellow flat bean, is considered a niche product. It is cultivated from May to September on the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti and is available only by the local farmers during this period.

St.Erasmo violet artichoke (Carciofo violetto di S. Erasmo)

Carciofo di Sant'Erasmo

ph. credits: carciofosanterasmo.it

St. Erasmo violet artichoke grows up in the Venetian lagoon and in its surroundings since 1500. The first plant bud called in Venetian dialect “castraura” is harvested in April and it is particularly appreciated by the gastronomic point of view for its softly bitter tasty. This is the apical fruit of artichoke plant that is cut first to allow the development of 18-20 artichokes from both sides so tender and tasty as the first. St. Erasmo violet artichokes can be eaten raw or in vinaigrettes, but also in oil or pickled, boiled, baked, steamed or grilled.

Sanbank Honey (Miele di barena)

laguna Cavallino Treporti

Barena honey is an opaque yellow honey produced from nectars of the Limonium Vulgare plant, often found on the lagoon sandbanks.  The production of Barena honey requires to remain the hives sited in the area of the sandbanks or to take them there around the middle of July.

A special gift!

At Camping Ca’ Savio, we have a special gift for our guests: a whole set in a box – ‘Sapori del Veneto’ – which enables you to cultivate the typical vegetables of Cavallino-Treporti: in the special packet you will find a container for your future plants, some soil, packets with biological, high quality seeds and some cute labels to identify your plants.

Don’t forget to ask for it at the Customer Care Office!

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