Raperonzolo, Raponzal, Raponzolo, Raponzo

Raperonzolo, also known as Raponzal, Raponzolo, or Raponzo, is a traditional vegetable that is native to the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. It is a type of wild chicory that is highly valued for its unique flavor and nutritional properties. This vegetable can be found in various towns and communes in Emilia-Romagna, including Bologna, Modena, and Parma.

In Bologna, you can find Raperonzolo at local farmers’ markets such as Mercato delle Erbe and Mercato di Mezzo. These markets offer a wide variety of fresh produce, including Raperonzolo, which is often sold by local farmers. In Modena, you can find this vegetable at the Mercato Albinelli, a historic market that has been operating since the 1930s. Similarly, in Parma, you can find Raperonzolo at the Mercato Centrale, a bustling market that offers a range of local products.

Raperonzolo can be used in various recipes to add a unique flavor to dishes. One popular recipe is Raperonzolo salad, which combines the vegetable with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. Another delicious recipe is Raperonzolo risotto, where the vegetable is sautéed with onions and garlic before being mixed with Arborio rice and vegetable broth.

Raperonzolo has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which highlights its cultural and historical significance. The specifications for Raperonzolo include its characteristic elongated shape, dark green leaves, and bitter taste. It is typically harvested in the spring and can be enjoyed in various culinary preparations.

Sources:
– “Raperonzolo: il ritorno di un ortaggio dimenticato” – www.gazzettadimodena.it
– “Raperonzolo, il ritorno dell’ortaggio dimenticato” – www.gazzettadiparma.it