Cipolla di Eremiti, also known as the Hermit Onion, is a traditional Italian onion variety that is primarily cultivated in the Campania region of southern Italy. This unique onion is characterized by its elongated shape, reddish-brown skin, and sweet, delicate flavor. It is primarily grown in the towns and communes of Montoro, Monteforte Irpino, and Serino in the Avellino province of Campania.

The Cipolla di Eremiti has a long history in the region and is highly valued for its culinary qualities. It is often used in traditional Campanian dishes, adding a distinct flavor to soups, stews, and sauces. The onion’s sweetness makes it a popular choice for caramelizing and it is also enjoyed raw in salads or as a topping for bruschetta.

The Cipolla di Eremiti has received the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition, which is a prestigious designation given to traditional Italian food products that are deeply rooted in local culture and have specific production specifications. This recognition ensures that the onion is cultivated using traditional methods and maintains its unique characteristics.

Sources:
1. “Cipolla di Eremiti” – www.campaniagastronomica.it
2. “Cipolla di Eremiti” – www.agricoltura.regione.campania.it