Italian Food and Flavours
Pink Apple Festa : Sibillini in Rosa – Montedinove
Pink Apple Festa – Mela Rosa dei Monti Sibillini
Over the Halloween/ tutti i Santi weekend my local village of Montedinove celebrated the rosy pink apple only grown in this area. Late Autumn sunshine drew the crowds and not a Halloween zombie in site!
The streets were full of stalls selling local foodie products from potatoes to truffles, homemade jams to local cheese and salumi and of course the pink apple featured on the lunch menu with apple risotto and apple fritters being my personal favourite. Entertainment in the form of street bands, magicians and mime artists created a rather festive atmosphere, whilst a variety of work shops were on offer for those wishing to discover more about this humble apple – its nutritional values, its economic potential etc.
The pink apple or mele rosa is an ancient cultivar, which has been reintroduced into this area by the Sibillini Mountains Community Group after the trees were abandoned as being too difficult to grow and the fruit not large and regular enough for the supermarket shelves. The slow food movement has also been a major driving force in making this little apple centre stage and what started as a small street festa is growing every year. There are many varieties but they are all intense in aroma and are particularly good in cakes as well being a good apple to store over winter.
Life is sweet and lets hope for a few more sunny days throughout November.