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Cultivation of Yellow melons "Paceco"

yellow melonsThe yellow melon originated in the town of Paceco but its cultivation covers the municipalities of Trapani, Palermo and Agrigento.

The yellow melon is also known as the "winter melon" for its characteristic of being able to be stored for a long time, to sometimes up to January.

The yellow melon can be picked ripe, for a drink within 3-4 days of purchase, or more bitter, to be stored until winter.

Ripe melon should have a deep yellow color, intense, rather dark. When tapped with your knuckles should not produce any sound. The peel must be intact. Unfortunately, unlike the summer melons, you can not use your nose because they do not smell!

The bitter melon has a paler color, light and faded.

Store in refrigerator at a temperature not below 5 ° C because otherwise could be dented, not keep it together with the vegetables because they can deteriorare them.

Per season storage is important to keep them in a box with holes, in a single layer, in a dry place , cool and windy.

It 'a product for which it is being recognized as IGP.

Olive growing

oliveOlive trees dominate the landscape of the two valleys of Belice and Erice, stretching towards the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Mediterranean, since the days of the Greeks and Phoenicians.

During the period of Arab domination and the Spanish oil it has grown in reputation and importance in agriculture.

Several olive groves planted by the Spaniards still characterize the landscape of the Trapanesi Valleys and have taken considerable historical value.

The extra virgin olive oil "Valli Trapanesi" became a DOP in 1997. It is an oil that is obtained from the cultivar Cerasuola and Nocellara present alone. Release to the market the oil has a green color with golden reflections and a scent of freshly pressed olive oil with hints of grass, a fruity, slightly bitter and spicy with the aftertaste of sweet almond.

In the kitchen this oil is used for both raw toppings for salads, boiled vegetables, vegetable soups, fish and meat, both for cooking tomato sauces, meat and fish dishes.

Grape growing

grapesThe cultivation of white grapes is concentrated mainly in western Sicily, in the areas of Trapani, Agrigento and Palermo; the cultivation of the red berry takes place, especially in eastern Sicily, but also occurs in the west.

As for the production of Sicilian wines with local grapes white grapes are grown quality as Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico, Grillo, Inzolia, Zibibbo and Muscat of Alexandria.

Among Sicilian wines produced with red grapes stand Frappato, Nerello Cappuccio Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola and Perricone. Alongside the indigenous no shortage of international grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Noir and Syrah and Tuscan varieties such as Trebbiano Toscano, Sangiovese and Barbera.

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