Do you know Italy has its own queen too?
Her majesty “La Regina Rossa” , the Red Onion of Tropea, known as the “Red Queen” grows in the south of Italy, near the city of Tropea in the fields of “Capo Vaticano”in Calabria.
The Red Queen is a national pride and you will always find it in any respectable Italian kitchen; This type of onion is so sweet that people can make marmelade out of it, would you ever think of making marmelade out of onions?! This is because of the Calabrian mild climate all around the year which gives this onion its intense sweetness ( especially the ones that grow nearer to the sea).
This onion has a stronger aroma compared to other types with its inner part juicier and whiter. It comes in two shapes, torpedo and flat round.
So if you are a good fork you must allow her Majesty the “Red Queen” into your kitchen as she really deserves a try. It is a good addition thinly sliced in fresh salads or as an accompaniment to meats and seafood, roasted or grilled and on top of pizza too.
In 2008 the European Union registered the Red Onion of Tropea under its Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) mark.
If you love authentic and good quality Italian food always make sure the label carries the DOP mark which is short for Denominazione di Origine Protetta (literally “Protected Designation of Origin”).
This certification makes sure that products are locally grown and packaged and it guarantees that the food is of high quality made by artisans and local farmers using traditional methods.