FORTY WHITE POTATO
Farmer keeper in charge of retrieving the White Potato cultivated in the high Forties Appennino of Parma.
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The potato Somethings is the typical mountain potato between the province of Parma (val Taro and Ceno Valley), La Spezia, Genoa and Piacenza. The potatoes came from Latin America to Europe, more specifically in Spain, toward the end of the 16th century and in Italy was to start growing in the eighteenth century Liguria, as a substitute for bread in areas with shortages of cereals. The ideal growing area lies about 300 meters, sandy soils, but is suitable for all climates. Why is it called Forty? "Due to its maturing fast enough, some forty days-says Federico Rolleri, farmer keeper in charge of retrieving this tuber in the Appennino parmense-, though it isn't quite like that. Is planted in May and June and harvested in September, needs to remain on Earth until the first rains in September so that it creates a peel that allows storing even in winter. He maintained the characteristics of potatoes coming from South America, has not been tamed, and its shape is quite difficult, uneven but a delicate taste and inimitable. " Round or roundish-oval, tend skin clear, yellowish, slightly wrinkled, with deep eyes and pink; the white body, with fine texture and compact. Definitely versatile in the kitchen, it is particularly suitable for the preparation of gnocchi and baking. "But for mashed potatoes, potato cake, stuffed and that goes for more,-says Federico –: is a way to turn old and poor: potato, leek and thin."
Forty can also be red-Purple: is the Forty Prugnona, similar to that of Cetica. It is from this that probably was selected forty white. It is typically white streaks, as always with South American white-color. It tastes stronger, less delicate, lumpy and deep with one eye. Not suitable for frying, is good for salad and boiled. "These varieties, while having a limited production, finally no longer threatened with extinction – Federico – because the 21st-century is active a specific consortium of Forty who has grasped the importance of maintaining and re-evaluate this species and supporting producers and guarantees the product quality."