Among the vegetables that are most linked by history and importance to the Val di Cornia, the local cardoon (or Gobbo) has always found a large place in Livorno’s culinary traditions.
Cardoon from the Val di Cornia is one of the most typical vegetables found in the valley around Livorno.
Growing upward, its edible part has a brilliant white colour, with a naturally slightly bitter taste. The seeds germinate around the start of August in prepared soils. The harvest, which happens with scrupulous visual work that aims to avoid the presence of mould or other dangers, takes place between October and December. Among the main characteristics connected to the cultivation of this variety there is notably the “self-production” quality of the seeds, carried out indoors, which allows for the organoleptic qualities of the plant to be preserved.