Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pepper pickin' in Piemonte

Centro Peperoni Carmagnola

No, it's not like we went to a pick-your-own bell pepper farm, but seeing that we stopped at a couple of veggie stands in Carmagnola, that's almost as good as what Peter got himself into.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?

Located in the eastern region of Piemonte, Carmagnola is the city of peppers and holds a tremendously popular fair in September of each year. The 4 primary peperoni are: quadrato (so-named for to its squared shape), corno di bue (ox horn), tumaticot and trottola. We haven't yet been able to time it right in order to attend this event, but it's possible to buy loads of peppers at any of the roadside stands located on the outskirts of the city.

Corno di bue and tumaticot

We picked up about 10 pounds total with these corno di bue and tumaticot peppers.

Tumaticot peppers

The tumaticot has thick sides, is rather wide and squat, and aren't very crisp, but they hold up well when stuffed and baked. They actually take less time to bake (or also cooked in a covered skillet) because the filling is spread out in the wider cavity of the pepper. I just cut off the top third and save tops to use in something else.

At 2,50€/kilo they're not exactly cheap, but they certainly beat the stuff that I get at big chain supermarkets.