This past Sunday we decided to visit Trevi, a hill town between Foligno and Spoleto. I had passed this pretty town perched way up on its hill many times but had never stopped. The occasion was their annual Sedano Nero festival. This means black celery. It is grown only between Borgo di Trevi and the Clitunno river on a small strip of land. It is not black but dark green and does not go through any processing, like whitening. It is planted and grown by strict traditions. The seeds are planted during a waning moon on the day before Easter. It has to be carefully supported as it grows. Most of the work is done by hand. It is one of the six Umbrian Slow Food specialties.
Trevi is also known as the Capital of Oil
This is the very beginning of the olive harvest. I bought some of the new olive oil. See how cloudy it is. And incredibly green. It is unfiltered.
The sedano nero was stacked like firewood everywhere!
It is a beautiful green. They say it is stringless. Not sure I’m buying that. So I bought some to bring home. I am here to say, it does have strings but less that normal celery has.
Also on offer were lots of specialties. We tried lots of cured meats. Many specialties were, of course, celery based. For instance, celery jam and celery cream.
This stand had many types of cured meats and sausage.
It was a very warm day so I felt for this man who was cooking up the sausages.
We decided to have lunch in Taverna del Sette. We sat in a pretty courtyard at the end of the short street. The sky was mesmerizingly blue.
Luther went for the celery soup.
And he tried the stuffed celery. It sure looks good.
I tried the cinghale ragu. Wild boar.
After lunch we decided to make a short stop in Bevagna since our friend Jennifer had not ever been there. It was Sunday and there was a small flea market going on. But for me, the best thing was coming upon a group of men just finishing up lunch outside a restaurant. They performed an impromptu a capello melody. It was hauntingly beautiful, the voices blended seamlessly. I wished I had a way to record them.
Scenes in Bevagna. Such a beautiful town.
The old guys. Every town has its own cadre of old men. They sit together companionably on benches, or they gather to play Briscola, the national Italian card game.
The Sedano Nero festival was one of the better ones I’ve visited. Not too crowded but plenty lively. And Trevi is a beautiful town that few tourists visit. Too bad, their loss. It was a lovely outing made super by the dazzling day.
Hi Mary, of course I can share the recipe. I’ll send it in an email. Happy you enjoyed the post.🙂
I agree with Rosemarie. Each excursion is as delightful as the last, and I want to do them all the next time we see you and Luther. BTW, could you please share your recipe with me for the ragu/bolognese you made for Carlo and I?
Awww. thanks Rosemarie. I’m glad you like the posts.
Love these little excursions that you take advantage of. I feel like I am partaking of it too. An escape to Italy for a little while. thanks