The herbs of the mountains of Abruzzo allow you to produce high-quality spirits. The well known and strong (72 °) is definitely the Centerbe which is flanked by Gentian and Ratafià.
SWEET AND HONEY
Abruzzo is a major producer of honey, collected from all over the region. Excellent and may be flavored with thyme, chestnut and acacia. There are so many regional traditional sweets in each providence. Among the most famous include mostaccioli, the neole, bocconotti, the sise of the nuns, the confetti from Sulmona and so on.
Saffron is mainly produced the plateau of Navelli, a town rich in history and castles, is considered the best in the world by experts.
The Abruzzo region has a traditional production of the very valuable truffle so much so that the markets conceal their suppliers in Alba and Norcia that now It is trying to assert its identity as a land of excellent production.
Several are legumes, grains and vegetables that are grown in Abruzzo native like spelled, solina, lentils of Santo Stefano, cicerchia Navelli, red garlic of Sulmona. There is also a large variety of mushrooms located in the foothills.
Pig breeding has a long tradition in Abruzzo and pork processing allows the preparation of mountain hams "prosciutto" and a wide selection of meats, starting with liver sausages. The most renowned meats are Aquila salami, Campotostomortadella and ventricina.
Pastoralism has been for thousands of years the main economic activity of the region and even today the production of cheese represents excellence among the typical products. In Abruzzo the most widespread livestock is sheep: The most popular is the delicious pecorino cheese, which either fresh or aged are in a thousand different suggestions of many traditional dishes. Then let us not forget ricotta, giuncata, goat cheese and many other specialties.
A key feature of the hilly Abruzzo is the well cultivated and welcomed rows of vines and the unmistakable silhouettes of olive trees, which yield award winning extra virgin olive oil DOP quality that has received awards in various international festivals, competitions, such as the "Sol" in Verona. There are three DOP oils, originating in the olive-growing areas for excellence: Aprutino-Pescara, Chieti Hills, Hills Teramane-Pretuziano.
Among the precious Abruzzo vineyards throughout the region and the Trebbiano D'Abruzzo for whites and Montepulciano D'Abruzzo for the redsrewarded have received many awards (DOC and DOCG). More recent wines are the Passerina, Pecorino and Cococciola. Another is cooked wine "vino cotto", perfect to accompany desserts.