Apples are the pride and joy of Ossolan fruit growers. Now widespread in almost all the valleys of the Ossola, numerous fragrant varieties ripen in summer or autumn on sunny slopes in the hills (the MeleMiele festival in Baceno and the Ossolan Pomological Show in Domodossola are closely-linked to these high-quality orchards).
Chestnuts serve as real “bread” for Alpine people: in Val d’Ossola, this important tree has enabled the survival of entire generations during the long, cold winters.
Flour for bread was extracted from chestnuts, soups were made with milk, and chestnuts became a one-dish meal when boiled in water or as delicious roast chestnuts cooked over embers.
The chestnut harvest – and the mushrooms one, other outstanding typical products from this area, whose collection is regulated by local authorities and which are celebrated at the annual Trontano Mushroom Festival – is now also a tourist attraction: looking for the fruits of the undergrowth is one of the most delicious experiences that you can live during autumn in Val d’Ossola!
The area also contains officinal herbs and small fruit crops, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (the Blueberry Festival held every year in Valle Bognanco is an unmissable event) and blackberries. They are produced by local companies that are members of the BLU FRUTTI Association and also grow wild in the Ossola woods and valleys: small farms also produce delicious jams, a sweet memory of a holiday in Val d’Ossola.