SPECIAL PRODUCTS IN OLIVE OIL
Over the years the Cooperative has decided to add to its typical products the marketing of dried Tomatoes, Lampascioni, grilled Artichokes and Salicornia in olive oil. That are produced by an Apulian company specialized in the production of fine canned food, based on traditional recipes and under careful control of the cooperative's technicians. The choice fell on these four products as one of the most typicals of the Capitanata.
Tomato it is a plant native to the Americas. In Europe, as in Italy, it arrived in the 16th century. But it is in the seventeenth century that it began to be used for food. It is a typical plant of Mediterranean countries. Its cultivation is widespread in various Italian regions and in particular in Puglia. It is consumed as a fresh product and as a processed product.
Lampascioni, or wild onion, is a wild plant very common in the Tavoliere delle Puglie. We have news from the end of the eighteenth century and its local origin is confirmed by the fact that the lampascione is included in the appropriate list of traditional Italian agri-food products of Basilicata and Puglia, established by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.
Artichokes were already known by the Greeks and Romans, but only like a wild plant. It is a typical plant of Mediterranean countries. In Italy it has been cultivated and consumed since the fifteenth century. Italy holds the world record in the cultivation of this plant, which is widespread in Sicily, Sardinia and Puglia. It is used both as a fresh product and as a processed product.
Salicornia is a wild plant typical of the Mediterranean basin, widespread in Europe and Asia, near brackish marshes or near stagnant waters. It is present near the marine coast of the Gargano, mountainous promontory of the province of Foggia, between the Adriatic Sea and the Tavoliere dlel Puglie. It is used both as a fresh product and as a processed product.