Not only grapes. The Roero is a region very rich in high-quality food products, in particular fruit and vegetables. Who knows this land knows that the ordered vineyards alternate with orchards and chestnut groves, which in this zone give results of absolute excellence.
Among the most famous products of this zone of Piedmont, strawberries (a symbolic product in particular of Baldissero d’Alba and Sommariva Perno), peaches – especially peaches from Canale – and then the Madernassa pear, which take their name from a zone of Vezza d’Alba, chestnuts from the Madonna (typical cultivar of the Roero), appreciated for the precociousness of ripening, and beef tomatoes must surely be mentioned.
As in Langa, also in Roero, mushrooms and white truffles of exceptional quality are harvested, which enrich sumptuous dishes such as traditional tajarin.
Finally, not to forget the Piedmontese breed of beef (Fassona): it is an ancient breed with a white coat and extraordinary quality meats, perfect for making typical dishes such as meat tartare or meat “all’albese” (in the style from Alba).
Beekeeping is also practised to a high quality, in particular with acacia and chestnut honey.
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