Peperone di Pontecorvo DOP is a typical product of Ciociaria, an area of Southern Lazio which includes the province of Frosinone. It is a fascinating land, rich in tradition and folklore, inhabited by jovial and hospitable people. It offers many attractives for lovers of nature: natural reserves, lakes, caves, waterfalls, hot springs and huge woods.
It is known that Capsicum is a plant originated in South America, was brougth to Europe by Columbus and it found an ideal land in Italy, thanks to its climate. The first traces of the cultivation of bell peppers in Pontecorvo date back to 1830: since then, this cultivation became more and more important, so much so that in 1889 a Farming Consortium was established. It gave a great impulse to the growing of this belle pepper, which is one of the most important resources of the area.
Peperone di Pontecorvo is usually red but it might show green stripes or be green. It has a thin pulp and a sensibly thinner skin than other varieties. Taste is pleasantly sweet, balanced by a strong salty flavour. It is a quality linked to the fertile, clayish and draining lands it is grown on.
It has many uses in cooking: it is blended to a cream and spread on crostini for a fancy appetizer; it is a great condiment for pasta or pizza or a perfect side dish for meat courses. It can be eaten raw as well, cut in thin pieces and mixed in a salad. It delicious preserved in oil.