Castagna tempestiva del vulcano di Roccamonfina

Castagna tempestiva del vulcano di Roccamonfina, or the early chestnut of the Roccamonfina volcano, is a unique variety of chestnut that is grown in the Campania region of Italy. This chestnut is known for its early ripening, which occurs in late August or early September, making it one of the first chestnuts to be harvested in Italy. The chestnuts are grown in the towns and communes surrounding the Roccamonfina volcano, including Sessa Aurunca, Roccamonfina, and Teano.

The Castagna tempestiva del vulcano di Roccamonfina has been recognized as a PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) by the Italian government. This recognition ensures that the chestnuts are grown and processed according to specific traditional methods, preserving their unique flavor and quality. The chestnuts are harvested by hand and then roasted or boiled, and are often used in traditional Campanian dishes such as chestnut soup or chestnut flour pasta.

One recipe that highlights the unique flavor of the Castagna tempestiva del vulcano di Roccamonfina is chestnut soup. To make this soup, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until softened, then add diced potatoes and the chestnuts. Cover with chicken or vegetable broth and simmer until the potatoes and chestnuts are tender. Puree the soup until smooth, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Another recipe that uses these chestnuts is chestnut flour pasta, which is made by mixing chestnut flour with wheat flour and water to create a dough that is then rolled out and cut into noodles.

Sources:
– “Castagna Tempestiva del Vulcano di Roccamonfina.” Prodotti Tipici Campani. https://www.prodottitipicicampani.it/prodotto/castagna-tempestiva-del-vulcano-di-roccamonfina/
– “Castagna Tempestiva del Vulcano di Roccamonfina.” PAT – Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali. https://www.patlazio.it/prodotto/castagna-tempestiva-del-vulcano-di-roccamonfina/
– “Chestnut Soup Recipe.” Italian Food Forever. https://www.italianfoodforever.com/2011/10/chestnut-soup-recipe/
– “Chestnut Flour Pasta.” The Pasta Project. https://www.thepastaproject.com/chestnut-flour-pasta/