Typical plate of the village spruce with legumes and cereals with a very intense flavor, prepared according to a tradition that has been passed on for generations
 
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Recipe: the Cuccìa di Castelmezzano

Recipe: the Cuccìa di Castelmezzano

ALSO FOR VEGANS

The cuccìa is a typical dish of the village of Castelmezzano (Potenza) handed down from ancient times, nicknamed also as a pot of the poor, has as main ingredient wheat, beans, chickpeas and cicerchie. Tradition sees it tied to the celebration of Saint Lucia. According to a legend, once there was a tremendous famine that was decimating the population. On the day devoted to the Holy One in a year and in an place unspecified, a great load of wheat came to the population. Hunger was so great that the people, instead of grinding the ingredient to make bread, began to boil and eat it. It would seem that the name comes from the chef's cry when the dish was ready: "cucìa, cucìa", is cooked.
Another hypothesis about the nature of this dish comes from the Greek word "Ko (u) kkìa", ie wheat.
During Saint Lucia's day, the cuccìa is blessed and, at the end of the mess, is distributed among the faithful in goodwill. In the same period in Castelmezzano is celebrated the Festival of the Ciùc during which you can enjoy this typical dish. If you visit Castelmezzano you can taste the cuccìa at the Agriturismo La Grotta dell'Eremita.

But let's see how to prepare it at home.

Ingredients

  • Wheat
  • Chickpeas
  • Fava beans
  • Cicerchie
  • Pepper
  • Oil
  • Garlic
  • salt

Method

Preparation is really simple.
We cook legumes and cereals separately, on a slow fire, after having them bathed in the previous evening to soften them and after rinsing them. Once cooked we mix them together and season with garlic, hot oil and pepper. The dish is served hot in a rather large terracotta bowl.

...buon appetito!

By Redazione

Events in Castelmezzano

  • Feast in honor of Madonna delle Grazie
    02-07-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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  • Feast in honour of St. Donato
    07-08-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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  • Pilgrimage in honor of San Rocco a Tolve
    16-08-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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  • San Rocco
    From 18-08-2019 To 19-08-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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  • Feast in honour of Sant'Antonio of Padova
    From 11-09-2019 To 13-09-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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  • Feast in honor of San Francesco, San Michele e della Addolorata
    06-10-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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  • Feast in honor of Saint Lucia Vergine
    13-12-2019 | Castelmezzano (PZ)
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