Carmagnola Ox-Horn Pepper Piedmont
Carmagnola is one of Italy’s pepper capitals, known for four different types: Quadrato (almost a cube, with four points), Tomaticòt (round like a tomato), Trottola (heart-shaped) and Corno or Lungo. This last variety, known locally as Corno di Bue, Ox-Horn, is recognizable by its splendid colors (deep yellow or bright red) and most of all by its very elongated, conical shape with three or four lobes. The peppers grow over 20 centimeters long, and are cultivated on flat, silty, sandy ground. Delicious served raw, it is also features in many traditional and creative recipes. The peppers have a sweet flavor, and their thick, firm, succulent flesh improves with storage.
The harvest lasts from the end of July to the end of the October.
This pepper is not at risk of extinction, but has been debased by the habit of consigning it to the preserving industry, often mixed with anonymous imported varieties. The Presidium, set up to create a new market for a product with excellent sensory characteristics, currently includes seven historic producers from Carmagnola and its surroundings, joined in an association.
Carmagnola Municipality and surroundings, Province of Turin
Presidium supported by
via Ceresole, 35
tel. +39 347 5026446
cascina Greco, 155
tel. +39 011 9451101
via Cuneo, 43
tel. +39 011 9771257
via Borghetto, 25
tel. +39 339 7230384
via Carde, 6
tel. +39 011 9726363-333 2148659
La Ca' Veja
di Susanna Ghirardo
via Murina, 25
tel. +39 011 9721644-340 5011606
via Grangia, 4
tel. +39 011 9795126-335 6044097
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Tel. +39 333 2148659