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Frogs of the Piedmont Rice Fields

Rice cultivation in the lands of Vercelli has led to the creation of an ecosystem favoring the proliferation of frogs that were caught to be eaten.
There were fishermen specialized in frog fishing who used to sell the product on the local markets. However, most of the product was used for the farmers' self-consumption.
In gastronomy, the Edible Frog is the most used. This frog has a green back with little black spots, while the belly is white or white-yellow. The legs are characterized by black-brown stripes, in many shades. An adult frog is about 10cm long. The meat, white, soft, and with a delicate taste, has a very low content of fats.

  • Processing Methods: Today, frogs are not caught, but farmed in special basins.

  • Production Area: Although frogs are usually eaten in the area of Vercelli and Novara, today most of the frog farming structures of Piedmont are situated in the Provinces of Cuneo and Turin.

  • Legislative Protection: Frogs are classified among the "Traditional Agri-foodstuffs of Regione Piemonte", according to art. 8 of the Legislative Decree 30th April 1998, n. 173 and the Annex to the Decisions of the Regional Council 15th April 2002 n. 46-5823.

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