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Carrot Plateau Fucino joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on February 16, 2007.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Abruzzo.
The production area of ​​the Plateau Carrot Fucino PGI is the entire area of ​​the Plateau Fucino, in the province of L’Aquila.
The draining of Lake Fucino, considered the third largest lake in Italy by extension, already tried in Roman times, was made only to the 800 by Prince Alessandro Torlonia. The work gave rise to a fertile valley of 13,000 hectares entirely flat, flanked by peaks that reach 2,500 meters above sea level; a young territory, therefore, highly productive and little contaminated that, thanks to the nature of the soil and the favorable climate, gives its vegetables unique organoleptic and nutritional characteristics such as to be recognized and appreciated by European consumers.
In particular, the cultivation of carrots in the open field, in this area, began in 1950; the considerable income generated by the crop caught the attention of the farmers who consequently introduced carrots into the classic crop rotation in use in Fucino. Together with the economic benefits, carrot cultivation has extended the length of crop rotation, greatly reducing the development of plant diseases and exhaustion of the soil, which were causing many problems for crops in Fucino.
Carrot Plateau Fucino PGI is characterized by a root of mainly cylindrical shape, with rounded tip, free of root hairs and with no deep scars in the emission points of the scalp. The color is deep orange; the skin is smooth and the pulp extremely crisp. Carrot Plateau Fucino PGI has a sweet and full-bodied and very crisp flesh.


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