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The Festival of Forgotten Fruits

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You are unlikely to find yourself living like the ancient Romans did, but you can certainly eat like them. Each year in October, the local farmers of the charming, medieval village of Casola Valsenio harvest wild fruits familiar to the diet of long ago.

Grown on the "road of forgotten fruits," which runs between the Senio and Santerno river valleys toward the village, are vulpine pears, cornelian cherries, pomegranates, jujubes (red or Chinese dates), unusual berries, Neopolitan medlars, and quince, rose, and sorb apples.

Local farmers present basket upon basket of jams, marmalades, pies, syrups, wines and liquors that will fill you up during your visit. Nearby is the village's botanical garden that grows 450 different types of herbs, used in local restaurants to add unique flavours to local dishes.

Casola Valsenio is about 40 miles from Bologna and close to the cities of Faenza, Ravenna, and Brisighella, all which have their own food festivals throughout autumn of olives, truffles, and polenta.

 

Written by  Allison Hansen.

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