ACA Agrolearia Colline Altinesi was set up in 2013 in Altino, a little village in the province of Chieti overlooking Val di Sangro and Oasi di Serranella, a protected natural area since 1990. This territory is particularly suitable for sweet pepper (Slow Food product). DÊOrazio family business offers this product monitoring the whole production chain: seedsÊ choice, harvest, selection, processing and packaging in order to ensure traceability and quality of raw materials.
A way to celebrate the territory and its features in order to preserve local crops over time and to protect them from industrial production. In addition to sweet pepper, ACA also produces extra virgin olive oil. It is one of the most representative sweet pepper manufactures. Sweet pepper is traded in different types, dried or powdered. It is used for dressing pasta and flavouring extra virgin olive oil, desserts and pasta.
SWEET PEPPER FROM ALTINO
Altino, located between Sangro and Aventino rivers, gives its name to small horn-shaped bright red peppers. They are also called „a cocce capammonte‰ (upwards headed). When they are ripe, they are picked up and join in a necklace (called crollo‰) by using a needle and some twine. They get dried in the sun and in the air for some days. When they are completely dried, after being baked and roasted, they are ready to be sold. Dried sweet peppers may be also crushed in mortars called „piloni‰. The powder can be used to season pasta, sausages, as an ingredient for pasta and bread, giving the dough its bright red colour. Its taste is intense aromatic and sweet. The origin of this pepper, locally called „paesanello‰, probably comes from Eastern Europe, dating back to the introduction of Paprika in the province of Chieti by Slav people in the 15th century
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