The pumpkin of Chioggia, called zucca marina, is a delicacy of the gastronomic tradition of the Lagoon of Venice.
The pumpkin of Chioggia is famous throughout the world thanks to Carlo Goldoni who mentions it in his novel “Baruffe Chiozotte”.
In fact, a piece of cooked pumpkin was offered to Luisetta, the bride of Tita Nane, by the young Marmottina, to provoke the dispute between the two young contenders.
Known in dialect as “suca barucca”, the pumpkin of Chioggia is the queen of the autumn recipes.
Ideal for preparing gnocchi, tortelli and risotto, the pumpkin of the Lagoon of Venice tells us about the close link between land and sea of the territory in which it has been cultivated for centuries.
The soils of the coastal areas and the climate influenced by the sea are perfect conditions for the cultivation of the pumpkin of Chioggia that grows so delicious and tasty. This vegetable, with its sweet flesh and unique orange colour, probably owes its local name, zucca marina, to the so-called “marinanti” families. The marinanti were engaged in the cultivation of vegetables and they were distinct from the fishing families.
There are many ways to discover the Lagoon of Venice. Today we offer you a journey through the tastes, flavors of sea and land, the scents and aromas that tell the story of the Lagoon.
With SlowVenice you can taste the delicacies of the Venetian food; taste the violet artichoke from the Island of Sant’Erasmo, take part in a cooking class in a Venetian bacaro, visit the fish market in Chioggia, enter in a fishing Valley, visit Venice’s gardens and discover the ancient grapes, collect spontaneous herbs on an island in the Lagoon.
Photo credit by Chioggia Ortomercato