Flavours of Umbria

Cipolla di Cannara

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Cannara, close to Assisi, is an area with a history of onion growing and even today there are still customs and traditions closely related to the cultivation of this crop.  This is demonstrated by the local onion festival held during the annual harvest, when visitors can see the binding of the onions into the characteristic strings that make them easier to store and use. There is evidence of the therapeutic and gastronomic uses of onions dating from the 17th century, when they were used to prepare soups of turnip, chard or peas. All these uses live on today in Umbria, which is full of recipes celebrating the Cannara onion.