The thistle hunchback of Nizza Monferrato is a typical product of Piedmont, is named for the characteristic "hump" due to the type of cultivation.
In the countryside of Nizza Monferrato, in Piedmont, to protect it from the cold of winter is partially buried.
The plan to seek the light bends upward, taking the characteristic hump shape. Besides allowing the plant to withstand the harsh winters of Piedmont, this kind of culture makes the most tender and white legs.
The thistle, especially the Hunchback of Piedmont, is a fundamental ingredient of the typical Piedmontese Bagna Cauda.
In another area of Piedmont Instead, the Saluzzo plain , the thistle will be enclosed in thick sheets of paper tied in very closely. In this way the thistle grows straight, white and tender. The hump Cardoon of Nizza is added to the list of traditional Italian food products from the Piedmont.