The Asparagus of the Albule waters of Tivoli and Guidonia Montecelio is a traditional agri-food product. It has been on the national list of traditional agri-food products since 2019.
It is a highly cultivated, fleshy and early-ripening asparagus. What makes it unique is the particular soil of the Piana and the Albula sulphurous water with which it is irrigated.
It has been enjoyed in dishes since ancient times by the Greeks and Romans, as many of their writings testify.
Until the mid-20th century, it was a typical product of the Tiburtine countryside.
Later, crops of the Tivoli green variety were cultivated all over the area of the Acque Albule travertines and along the canals that transported the sulphurous water to the
thermal baths and so could be irrigated at "zero cost".
The harvest period runs from the last ten days of March until the beginning of May. It is hand-picked by cutting the shoots at ground level with a clean cut.
It is rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, potassium, calcium and magnesium, low in calories and diuretic. A true cure-all.