A giant garlic from the Valdichiana valley “Aglione”

A giant garlic from the Valdichiana valley “Aglione”

Aglione from the Valdichiana

Alberto Giorgi is a local farmer and a small producer of aglione. He grows fruit, vegetables and aglione -garlic- in the Valdichiana valley.

His farms are located in Montepulciano and Chianciano, Tuscany.

Every Wednesday and Friday morning is a small market in Montallese. Alberto is always there with his market stall to sell fresh vegetables and fruits. His local products are good and value for money!

Montallese is a town located in the province of Chiusi. It is a small village along the road that connects Chiusi with Montepulciano.

Aglione

Aglione is a giant garlic variety from the Valdichiana Senese area. The aglione is also called the “aglio del bacio” (kissing garlic). This garlic is mild, odourless and easy to digest.

The weight of a giant garlic varies from 50 gram to 1-2 kilos. But 1-2 kilos is more the exception rather than the rule.

Every year the seeds of the aglione (which are about 4-5 cm in size) are sown in September. The aglione bulbs are ready to be harvested in June. Climate plays a crucial role at harvest time of the aglione. Many rainfall, pests and diseases can affect the garlic crop.

After the harvest time the garlic should be left out in the sun. The giant garlic is still green.

You can last aglione for one year after it’s harvested, on the condition that the garlic is being kept in a dry, well ventilated and shady place.

Note: humidity can lead to damage of the aglione.

Flavour for foods

You can use aglione as a normal ingredient in all kinds of food dishes, such as sauces, dressings, vegetables, stews and meats.

The two most famous pasta dishes with aglione from the Valdichiana are: Pici all’Aglione (pasta i pici with tomato-garlic sauce) and Pici con le Bricciole (pasta i pici with breadcrumbs). Super yummy!

It is excellent food you need to try when in Tuscany.

Buon appetito!