You smell the intense and fragrant flavor of the chestnuts on the fire, while outside, the hills and boroughs’ gardens are vividly colored by the red and yellow pomegranate and persimmon tree’s fruits. From the kitchen a sweet-tasty flavor arouse your curiosity, while your host is cooking kaki and quince apple marmalade.
You are not in heaven, but you couldn’t feel better. It’s “only” fall in Tuscany!
Tuscany, a region of flavors and… forgotten fruits
When speaking about food, Tuscany is certainly on top of the world’s travel’s motivation.
Everybody knows this Italian region as the land of wine, oil and truffle, but autumn in Tuscany comes also with some tasty and healthy fruits, most of them are almost unknown or forgotten.
Here are the3 autumnal fruits of Tuscany you maybe don’t know.
Tuscany is well known for its chestnut woods and their little brown fruits are so tasty and loved that during the fall months the region is full of fairs and festival dedicated to them.
Chestnuts are harvested all over the region, especially in Lunigiana and Garfagnana, near Lucca, on the Apuane Alps and in the Mugello area.
They are not only delicious, in fact thanks to their healthy properties they are one of the fall’s pearls of Tuscany. They are rich in minerals, like potassium and radical scavengers, as E-Vitamin. Even if they may not be ideal for people on a diet, since they are also rich on calories, they have exceptional properties in preventing skin ageing and weaknesses. They are good and natural source of energy, so they are a perfect snack for sporty people
Did you know that chestnuts are also good to fight stress? It isn’t hard to believe, speaking of chestnuts it’s easy to daydream about a foggy autumn evening, in a typical tuscanian farmhouse, eating freshly harvested chestnuts and relaxing by the fire.
The quince, a sort of hybrid between apple and pear is another unjustly forgotten fruit of autumn, largely used in Tuscany for jams and jellies.
Even if it is not so popular for its sour as a fresh fruit, the quince apple is fantastic in cooking.
The quince it’s a very healthy dessert too, since it contains a lot of vitamins and it is also good for digestion. Since it is rich in pectin though, the quince jam, called “Cotognata” is a real Tuscanian delicacy, perfect to be served with the typical game hunting meat.
The persimmon fruits
One of the most fascinating fruits of autumn is the persimmon. With its orange colored fruits, the persimmon has an ancient history, that dates back to Marco Polo’s travels through Asia. This fall fruit in fact is original from the Far Eastern countries, like Japan and China but we cannot be sure on how it may be arrived in Italy.
One of the oldest persimmon trees in Italy is still living in the Boboli Botanical Garden, right in Florence.
With its uniquely sweet flavor, the persimmon, or kaki in Italian, is one of the most unknown fruits of the fall. Despite of that, it is also very rich in nutrients: it is very energetic and rich in sugars, potassium, calcium and vitamins, in particular A, B1 and C, so it’s very precious for our immune system.
Since it’s an ancient tree, the persimmon tree is present in every old farmhouse in Tuscany, as well as in many other Italian regions and it is a special afternoon snack for children.
Come to spend some autumn days in Tuscany, and discover all its delicious fruits, you will be surprised by how many unknown delicacies our land can gift you!