Fresno de La Vega peppers
Which area of Spain is it typical?
- Autonomous region:
Sweet pepper grown and produced in Fresno de la Vega.
It is a traditional horticultural crop from Fresno, where it forms an important basis of the economy. The production is intended to be sold, individually and collectively, in regional and national markets, although the main market is the provincial one and it is largely distributed to restaurants. The fresh pepper is sold in León, Galicia and Asturias. It is red, very aromatic and crunchy, with compact flesh, tasty and not hot. When roast it is aromatic, consistent and with a slight sweetness in the mouth. A festival paying tribute to the virtues of the pepper takes place in Fresno de la Vega.
- Type of product:
- Preserved, they may be eaten all year round; fresh, from September onwards.
- The production area is limited to the municipality of Fresno de la Vega, in León. Production is largely carried out by small family businesses. The area included in the application for a Designation of Origin is wider: it covers the Ribera del Esla, down to Mansilla de las Mulas.
- To drink with it:
- Young reds
- Where to buy:
- Fresno de la Vega peppers can be bought in most specialised shops in the province of León. Preserved, they can be found in specialised establishments.
- Rich in vitamins.