It has been a busy week here in Umbria. Last weekend we visited two fall festivals, one in Trevi and one in Pietralunga. The Trevi festival is celebrated every fall in honor of sedano nero or black celery and sausages. The celery isn’t really black, but is very dark green and has a powerful celery flavor. This type of celery can only be grown in a small area surrounding Trevi. The festival in Pietralunga is for truffles and potatoes. There are many truffle companies in this area who sell all of their truffle products along with bags of locally grown potatoes. Of course, we bought some celery and a selection of truffle products to bring home with us when we leave Umbria in three weeks.
We completed the second part of our olive harvest yesterday and today but took the day off on Wednesday to head to Le Marche to do a little shopping in the outlet stores in that region. Of course, since we were so close to the sea, we stopped off to enjoy a leisurely seafood lunch after hitting a few outlet stores before we headed back to Umbria.
Driving through the Umbrian countryside. The grapevines are all changing colors with the season.
The hill town of Trevi, the olive oil capital of Umbria.
Selling black celery in the main piazza of Trevi.
Black celery everywhere!
Bins of black celery.
Bruschetta with black celery pesto and a glass of red to wash it down.
Breakfast of champions. A sausage panini and glass of red.
Truffle stall in Pietralunga.
They even had truffle potato chips which were delicious!
My husband Louie buying some black and white truffle to take home with us.
My truffle lunch of steak with truffles.
The beaches in Le Marche were deserted but so clean.
The best Fritto Misto (Mixed Fry) I have had in years!
Pasta with mixed seafood.