The Certaldo onion has such a long history that you can even find it in Boccaccio’s Decameron. This local variety of red onion boasts a sweet flavour and comes in two types: the statina, a kind of spring onion eaten in the spring and summer, and the vernina, which is wider and can be found during the autumn. Both can be used in many different dishes, like soups, meat courses and salads.
If artichokes are your thing, then look no further than Empoli and Certaldo, both home to a long, compact and bright green variety. The Empoli artichoke is generally harvested between April and June, and this is done by hand! The vegetable is extremely versatile, and goes great with dishes like a classic risotto.
- The Boccaccesca festival in Certaldo in October
- The exhibition and market for truffles and traditional products in Montaione (Tartufesta) in October
- The artichoke festival, or Sagra del Carciofo, in late April/early May