In his book “Popular flora of Abruzzo. The dialectal names of the plants, the etymology, the popular sayings and proverbs, the ancient cultivation varieties “(Editore Carabba, Lanciano, 2001), Professor Aurelio Manzi refers to a notary deed dated 1752 near Roccascalegna, a town near Altino , as one of the first citations of the pepper in Abruzzo (Ivi, p. 31).
According to a suggestive hypothesis, the diffusion of this vegetable in the Altinese territory and in the surrounding areas would be attributable to the Serbo-Croatian populations that between the XVI-XVII century they took refuge in Abruzzo and Molise to escape the Turkish domination in the Balkans. It is a Capsicum annuum, one of the main species of the genus Capsicum. The powder obtained by grinding the dried vegetable has a sweet taste and an intense aroma.
In 2006 Altino sweet pepper has been included in the Atlas of typical and traditional products of the Abruzzo Region
Transplant: in the open field from mid-April to the end of May
Harvest: scaling from late August to mid-October
Selection: the sick or malformed fruits are eliminated
Drying: after the harvest they are left to dry in non-humid places