Farina bóna ("good flour") is made from roasted maize and is an ancient tradition from the Onsernone valley. As a Slow Food, it's still produced the traditional way. The taste is reminiscent of popcorn – so yummy! So, how about some popcorn ice cream?
Merlot del Ticino
Merlot is a characteristic Ticino wine. How about a frozen version of it in a crispy cornet wafer?
A very aromatic grape variety, which grows mainly in Ticino and is often used for distilling grappa. The Americana grape itself is a personal preference – you either like it or you don't! But everyone loves the ice cream made from it!
When ripe, the fruit's soft skin and granular flesh melt on the tongue. Although rather exotic for the rest of Switzerland, figs grow here on Lake Maggiore and lend the ice cream a superb aroma.
Also known as kaki, this fruit is not a typical Swiss product. Thanks to the mild temperatures in winter, however, it thrives here in Ticino. It's harvested after summer's over to be made into wonderful-tasting desserts – such as ice cream.
Have we sparked your curiosity? Next time you're in the gelateria, while you may find it hard to look beyond your favourite flavour, why not risk giving the more exotic ones a try – especially those you only find here!