Lenticchia di Potenza is a type of lentil that is grown in the region of Basilicata, Italy. It is specifically cultivated in the towns of Melfi, Rapolla, and Venosa. This particular variety of lentil is known for its small size, earthy flavor, and ability to hold its shape well when cooked. Lenticchia di Potenza can be found in local markets and specialty food shops in these towns, as well as in larger cities like Potenza and Matera.

One popular way to prepare Lenticchia di Potenza is in a simple soup, where the lentils are simmered with vegetables and herbs to create a hearty and nutritious dish. Another common recipe is a salad, where the lentils are mixed with fresh herbs, olive oil, and vinegar for a refreshing and satisfying dish.

Lenticchia di Potenza has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-food Product) designation, which signifies its traditional production methods and unique characteristics. The lentils are required to have a maximum moisture content of 14%, a maximum impurity content of 1%, and a maximum of 5% of broken or damaged lentils.

Sources:
– www.basilicataturistica.it
– www.agricoltura.regione.basilicata.it