(Fruit, vegetables and cereals Reg. 284, 27.03.08) Is famous all over the world for its unique “sweetness”. Introduced by the Phoenicians and Greeks, the red onion of Tropea is cultivated in the Capo Vaticano area (South of Calabria) and up over the plain of Lamezia Terme, even if the name seems to refer to the fact that the onions are shipped worldwide from Tropea’s railway station. The varieties are defined by their shape, which can be round, oval or as a truncated cone. The sweet taste comes from the micro-climate and the type of land located near the sea. The gastronomic use of this food is varied: you can eat it raw, with salads, or as an ingredient in many recipes. It is also used for medical purposes, because it treats intestinal disorders, kidney stones, and prevents cardiovascular disease.