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Cipolla della Selva

On Monte Amiata, along the road that leads from Santa Fiora to Castell’Azzara, stands a beautiful convent, the Convent of the Holy Trinity in the Selva, dating back to the 10th century. Here, according to tradition, the monks used to cultivate local native vegetables, and just one of those crops, that of the onion, has been revived in recent years and is at the center of a new disciplinary that protects its production and promotes the spread of a native Amiata cultivar. The project was born with the main objective of collecting and cultivating the ancient varieties of onions of Monte Amiata, starting with cultivation on the land included in the Bosco della Santissima Trinità Nature Reserve, as it originally happened. The CNR-INVALSA of Follonica, Department of Life Sciences of the University of Siena, the Cultural Association for the Forest and the Municipality of Santa Fiora have collaborated on the project for the protection of the Selva onion, with the help of some farmers of the territory of Santa Fiora. The project is part of the regional law 64/2004 relating to the protection and enhancement of the heritage of local breeds and varieties of agricultural, zootechnical and forestry interest. The onion that is grown is treated naturally, without the use of fertilizers, fertilizers, preservatives or herbicides. It is a particularly sweet and delicate onion.