Nocino is a sticky dark brown liqueur from the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is made from unripe green walnuts. After steeping in spirit, the walnuts are removed and the now-black alcohol is mixed with simple syrup. Nocino has an aromatic but bittersweet flavor. It may be homemade; villages and even individual families often have their own recipes, including different additions like cinnamon or clove. Nocino is also available commercially in bottled form. Commercially available Nocino is typically 40% alcohol by volume, or 80 proof.
In Modena The Typical Walnut of Modena Roll of Tasters "Il Matraccio“ has for years been operating a no-profit company which aims to spread this product through the world’s first travelling school for Walnut of Modena tasters: "Nocinando". Furthermore, in collaboration with the municipality of Castelfranco Emilia, the association organizes "Nocinopoli" – The Nocino Town: a night in which everything is related to Nocino, the real star of the event. The event takes place in the heart of Castelfranco Emilia every third Wednesday of July: the main street Via Emilia, which as the other streets and squares of the city centre change their names, is closed to traffic to permit the stalls to expose high quality products of territory of Modena. Besides the inevitable Nocino (with all its derivatives), which acts as landlord, there are other products such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, Prosciutto di Modena, Lambrusco, musk melon, Borlenghi, Ciacci, Crescentine and much more from other Italian provinces and regions invited for the occasion.
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