Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo

The Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo, or Potatoes of the Abruzzo Highlands, is a traditional agricultural product of the Abruzzo region in Italy. It can be found in specific towns and communes such as Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Castel del Monte, and Rocca Calascio. These high-altitude areas provide the perfect conditions for cultivating this unique variety of potato.

The history of the Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo dates back centuries, with the cultivation of potatoes being introduced to the region in the 16th century. Over time, local farmers developed specific techniques to grow and preserve these potatoes, resulting in a distinct flavor and texture. The potatoes are known for their firmness, creamy consistency, and earthy taste.

The Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo has received the prestigious PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition, which guarantees its authenticity and traditional production methods. According to the specifications, these potatoes must be grown at an altitude of at least 800 meters above sea level in the designated areas of Abruzzo. They are harvested by hand and undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure only the highest quality potatoes reach the market.

One popular recipe that showcases the Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo is “Patate alla Scapece.” In this dish, the potatoes are boiled until tender, sliced, and then marinated in a mixture of vinegar, garlic, chili flakes, and fresh herbs. The marinated potatoes are then fried until golden and served as a delicious side dish or appetizer.

Another Traditional Recipess is “Zuppa di Patate,” a hearty potato soup. The potatoes are diced and cooked with onions, garlic, and herbs in a flavorful broth until tender. The soup is typically garnished with grated cheese and served with crusty bread, making it a comforting and satisfying meal.

Sources:
1. “Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo” – Regione Abruzzo (https://www.regione.abruzzo.it/content/patate-degli-altipiani-dabruzzo)
2. “Patate degli altipiani d’Abruzzo” – Prodotti Tipici Abruzzesi (https://www.prodottitipiciabruzzesi.it/patate-degli-altipiani-dabruzzo/)