Rafano, also known as horseradish, is a pungent root vegetable commonly used in Italian cuisine. In the region of Basilicata, rafano can be found in various towns and communes, such as Potenza, Matera, and Melfi. It is often sold in local markets and grocery stores, including Frutta e Verdura in Potenza and La Bottega del Gusto in Matera.

One popular recipe that incorporates rafano is “Insalata di Rafano,” a refreshing horseradish salad. To make this dish, grate the rafano root and mix it with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve it as a side dish or as a topping for grilled meats or fish.

Another delicious recipe is “Rafano Sauce,” which pairs well with roasted beef or pork. To prepare this sauce, combine grated rafano with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Adjust the ingredients according to your taste preferences and serve it alongside your favorite meat dishes.

Rafano has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Products) certification, which guarantees its traditional production methods and quality. The specifications for rafano with PAT recognition include being grown in specific areas of Basilicata, using traditional cultivation techniques, and maintaining the characteristic pungent flavor and aroma.

– “Rafano di Basilicata” – www.basilicataturistica.it
– “Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali (PAT)” – www.agricoltura.regione.basilicata.it