Regional food of Puglia
Regional food of Puglia
Regional food of Puglia

Regional food of Puglia

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Puglia is a flat, fertile, sun soaked region in southern Italy which, together with its iron rich soil makes it one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country.

It is famous for its olive oil and produces between 250,000 and 300,000 tonnes each year. Italy is the second biggest producer, after Spain, and Puglia provides around 40 percent of the country's extra virgin olive oil.

Durum wheat grows in abundance and is used for making pasta and bread. The pasta from Puglia is made without eggs as they were once considered to be a luxury. The most famous pasta made in Puglia is 'oricchiette' (meaning little ears) which is still made daily by the elder women in most of the small villages. The bread in Puglia, which accompanies all meals, is more diverse than many other regions in Italy and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is cooked in traditional wood burning bread ovens and some of the villages still have a communal bread oven where the locals go to bake their bread every day.

The town of Altamura, in the north west of the region, lays claim to two culinary victories. It has a unique, traditional local bread made from durum wheat flour, yeast, water and marine salt. Originally, the bread was created for the shepherds and farmers who would work in the surrounding countryside for many days at a time without returning home. The bread undergoes five stages in between rolling out the dough and the baking which is done in an open oak wood fire resulting in an unusually long lasting loaf. The first victory for Altamura is that their bread was granted a DOP certificate, the first in Europe for a baking product. The second is that when McDonalds opened up in the piazza the locals refused to eat there, preferring their own bread filled with local meat products. After less than 2 years McDonalds gave in and vacated the area.

Vegetables obviously grow well in the warm climate and are used in abundance, always fresh and always seasonal. Tomatoes are used for making sauces to go with the local pasta and aubergines, peppers and courgettes are roasted and grilled as an accompaniment to meat.

The interior of Puglia is rocky and here there are many sheep and goats which are bred for their meat as well as their milk which is used for a variety of cheeses. Lamb is the most popular meat, followed by pork and horsemeat with beef, although now becoming more popular, being used very little.

Puglia has many delicious local cheeses, perhaps the most famous being Burrata which is made from mozzarella and cream. Others include Cacioricotta - a seasonal Ricotta cheese made from unpasteurised ewes' milk, Canestrato - a hard cheese which is a mixture of sheep and goat's milk, Fallone di Gravina and Caciofiore.

Fish plays a large part in the cuisine of Puglia and the long coastline offers a large array of fresh fish on a daily basis. Sea bass, red mullet, anchovies, mussels and cuttlefish are among the favourites but there are many other types on offer in restaurants.

In spite of this excess of food, the daily cuisine in Puglia, as in the other southern regions of Italy, tends to be simple, fresh and wholesome with most locals growing, rearing and making enough for their individual needs.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 19,366 km²
      Population: 4 million
      Density: 210/km²
      Capital: Bari

      National Parks:
      The Alta Murgia National Park
      The Gargano National Park
Location of Puglia
Provinces of Puglia
  • Comunes of Puglia
    • Bari
      • Acquaviva delle Fonti
        Adelfia
        Alberobello
        Altamura
        Bari
        Binetto
        Bitetto
        Bitonto
        Bitritto
        Capurso
        Casamassima
        Cassano delle Murge
        Castellana Grotte
        Cellamare
        Conversano
        Corato
        Gioia del Colle
        Giovinazzo
        Gravina in Puglia
        Grumo Appula
        Locorotondo
        Modugno
        Mola di Bari
        Molfetta
        Monopoli
        Noci
        Noicàttaro
        Palo del Colle
        Poggiorsini
        Polignano a Mare
        Putignano
        Rutigliano
        Ruvo di Puglia
        Sammichele di Bari
        Sannicandro di Bari
        Santeramo in Colle
        Terlizzi
        Toritto
        Triggiano
        Turi
        Valenzano

    • Barletta-Andria-Trani
      • Andria
        Barletta
        Bisceglie
        Canosa di Puglia
        Margherita di Savoia
        Minervino Murge
        San Ferdinando di Puglia
        Spinazzola
        Trani
        Trinitapoli

    • Brindisi
      • Brindisi
        Carovigno
        Ceglie Messapica
        Cellino San Marco
        Cisternino
        Erchie
        Fasano
        Francavilla Fontana
        Latiano
        Mesagne
        Oria
        Ostuni
        San Donaci
        San Michele Salentino
        San Pancrazio Salentino
        San Pietro Vernotico
        San Vito dei Normanni
        Torchiarolo
        Torre Santa Susanna
        Villa Castelli

    • Foggia
      • Accadia
        Alberona
        Anzano di Puglia
        Apricena
        Ascoli Satriano
        Biccari
        Bovino
        Cagnano Varano
        Candela
        Carapelle
        Carlantino
        Carpino
        Casalnuovo Monterotaro
        Casalvecchio di Puglia
        Castelluccio dei Sauri
        Castelluccio Valmaggiore
        Castelnuovo della Daunia
        Celenza Valfortore
        Celle di San Vito
        Cerignola
        Chieuti
        Deliceto
        Faeto
        Foggia
        Ischitella
        Isole Tremiti
        Lesina
        Lucera
        Manfredonia
        Mattinata
        Monte Sant’Angelo
        Monteleone di Puglia
        Motta Montecorvino
        Ordona
        Orsara di Puglia
        Orta Nova
        Panni
        Peschici
        Pietramontecorvino
        Poggio Imperiale
        Rignano Garganico
        Rocchetta Sant’Antonio
        Rodi Garganico
        Roseto Valfortore
        San Giovanni Rotondo
        San Marco in Lamis
        San Marco la Catola
        San Nicandro Garganico
        San Paolo di Civitate
        San Severo
        Sant’Agata di Puglia
        Serracapriola
        Stornara
        Stornarella
        Torremaggiore
        Troia
        Vico del Gargano
        Vieste
        Volturara Appula
        Volturino

    • Lecce
      • Acquarica del Capo
        Alessano
        Alezio
        Alliste
        Andrano
        Aradeo
        Arnesano
        Bagnolo del Salento
        Botrugno
        Calimera
        Campi Salentina
        Cannole
        Caprarica di Lecce
        Carmiano
        Carpignano Salentino
        Casarano
        Castri di Lecce
        Castrignano de’ Greci
        Castrignano del Capo
        Castro
        Cavallino
        Collepasso
        Copertino
        Corigliano d’Otranto
        Corsano
        Cursi
        Cutrofiano
        Diso
        Gagliano del Capo
        Galatina
        Galatone
        Gallipoli
        Giuggianello
        Giurdignano
        Guagnano
        Lecce
        Lequile
        Leverano
        Lizzanello
        Maglie
        Martano
        Martignano
        Matino
        Melendugno
        Melissano
        Melpignano
        Miggiano
        Minervino di Lecce
        Monteroni di Lecce
        Montesano Salentino
        Morciano di Leuca
        Muro Leccese
        Nardò
        Neviano
        Nociglia
        Novoli
        Ortelle
        Otranto
        Palmariggi
        Parabita
        Patù
        Poggiardo
        Porto Cesareo
        Presicce
        Racale
        Ruffano
        Salice Salentino
        Salve
        San Cassiano
        San Cesario di Lecce
        San Donato di Lecce
        San Pietro in Lama
        Sanarica
        Sannicola
        Santa Cesarea Terme
        Scorrano
        Seclì
        Sogliano Cavour
        Soleto
        Specchia
        Spongano
        Squinzano
        Sternatia
        Supersano
        Surano
        Surbo
        Taurisano
        Taviano
        Tiggiano
        Trepuzzi
        Tricase
        Tuglie
        Ugento
        Uggiano La Chiesa
        Veglie
        Vernole
        Zollino

    • Taranto
      • Avetrana
        Carosino
        Castellaneta
        Crispiano
        Faggiano
        Fragagnano
        Ginosa
        Grottaglie
        Laterza
        Leporano
        Lizzano
        Manduria
        Martina Franca
        Maruggio
        Massafra
        Monteiasi
        Montemesola
        Monteparano
        Mottola
        Palagianello
        Palagiano
        Pulsano
        Roccaforzata
        San Giorgio Ionico
        San Marzano di San Giuseppe
        Sava
        Statte
        Taranto
        Torricella

Hotels in Puglia
PugliaWEATHER
Puglia Climate (Bari)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 9 2 3 55
Feb 11 3 4 53
Mar 13 4 5 63
Apr 17 7 6 55
May 21 11 8 35
Jun 25 15 9 44
Jul 28 17 10 34
Aug 28 17 9 54
Sep 25 14 7 61
Oct 20 11 6 74
Nov 15 8 4 71
Dec 12 3 3 77
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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