Forage with the locals
The woods, hills and mountains around Picinisco are a paradise for any herbalist, mycologist, or naturalist. Submerge yourself in nature, spend a day as the hunter-gatherer and come foraging with us. It’s fun, competitive, and has a risk factor – just joking! The locals have a saying that their ancestors died so that they should know what to eat, so you’re in very safe hands. We work with highly qualified guides who will train your eye and help you pick mushrooms, truffles, asparagus, herbs, spinach and more.
The mountains’ most-prized mushrooms are porcini, ovali and galette or finferle. Orapi is a mountain spinach that has become a symbol of the culinary traditions of the Parco Nazionale D’Abruzzo. Picinisco dedicates a festival to orapi every spring as a symbol of all the foraged wild ingredients that can be found in the mountains.
There is also an abundance of truffles a little higher up in the mountains, especially across the valley above Alvito.