New potato from Syracuse
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New potato from Syracuse


Product included in the national list of traditional agri-food products (PAT)

Typology PAT : Vegetable products in their natural state or processed

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Technical data sheet of the traditional agri-food product (PAT)

Area of ​​production: Syracuse, Cassibile.

Brief description of the product: The potato cultivar present in a pre-eminent way in the Syracuse area is the “Spunta” which has established itself thanks to its remarkable rusticity and productivity. This cultivar is characterized by large tubers, with an oval-elongated shape and a straw yellow color.

Description of the methods for obtaining the product: Due to the lack of extra seasonality of the crop, the cultivation techniques and the varietal choices must necessarily be differentiated from the ordinary cycle crop. The early potato, despite the period of cultivation, is sensitive to water shortages that affect the differentiation of the tubers and their subsequent growth.

Specific materials and equipment used for preparation and conditioning:

Description of the processing, storage and maturing rooms: At present there are no structures that deal with the enhancement of the product. Often the product is sold directly in the field.

Elements proving that the methodologies have been practiced in a homogeneous way and according to traditional rules for a period of not less than 25 years: The cultivation of the early potato was started in Sicily at the beginning of the century along the Ionian coast north of Catania. Later this crop affected all the Ionian coastal areas from Messina to Syracuse. In fact, the typically extra-seasonal production cycle takes advantage of the favorable environmental conditions, such as the mild climate with no minimum temperatures below 0 ° C and fertile and well-arranged soils (brown - calcareous soils of Syracuse) typical of the aforementioned areas.

Source Pat Cards: Sicily Region 

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Information contributions: Web, Region of Sicily

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