This small, purplish-blue plum is very popular in Piedmont, but almost completely unknown in other regions. The damson variety, known by its dialect name ramassìn, is named after its home city of Damascus. Like all Syrian plums, it is very hardy. For this reason, it was used in the past a colonizing plant on impervious, difficult land. The particular microclimate of the Bronda Valley, a few kilometers from Saluzzo, and its hilly terrain have been guaranteeing an excellent harvest for hundreds of years.
The harvest takes place from mid-June to mid-August, with a short shelf life. During the rest of the year, it can be eaten in processed form.
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PresidiumA good price is received for the first harvests at the start of the season, but then prices for the ramassìn start to fall under the weight of heavy supply. Because the fruits are delicate, they must be sold within a few days. A consortium of producers has selected a group of high-quality Bronda Valley ramassìn ecotypes and replanted them, and is now trying to better organize their sale. The Presidium’s objective is to prolong the fruit’s shelf life and add value by producing jams, liquors and traditional preserves. The results so far have been excellent.
Bronda and Po Valleys, Cuneo Province
Presidium supported by
Ortofruit Italia, Pagno, Castellar and Brondello Municipalities