Biancoperla Corn

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Veneto

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Biancoperla Corn

Veneto’s gastronomic history is closely tied to a single dish, polenta, commonly prepared with Marano corn. However, until the end of the Second World War, a white polenta was also often made. More highly regarded, it represented a division between the plains and the mountain foothills, where the hardier yellow corn was more suited to the agricultural and environmental conditions. The local white corn variety was Biancoperla, which has tapering, elongated cobs with large, bright, pearly-white kernels. The variety was most widely planted during the second half of the 19th century, and even in 1950 it still covered over 50,000 hectares of land.

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Available year-round

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In the 1950s, the more productive, hybrid flour varieties replaced the open-pollinated varieties like Biancoperla, which had lower yields. However, some farmers continued to cultivate the white corn and pass down the seeds. The Presidium now wants to improve the quality of the cornmeal obtained from Biancoperla and to promote it to a larger number of consumers. Stone-grinding is particularly encouraged, as it exalts the product’s sensory qualities.

Production area
Treviso, Padua, Rovigo and Venice Provinces

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority
Producers
Azienda Agricola Cenetae
Istituto Diocesano per Il Sostentamento del Clero
Via Jacopo Stella, 34
Vittorio Veneto (Tv)
Tel. +39 348 3168303
direzione@idsc-vv.it
www.cenetae.it

Azienda Agricola Francesco De Tacchi
Via Garibaldi, 54
Grantortino di Gazzo Padovano (Pd)
Tel. +39 335 6088477
ufficio.commerciale@detacchi.it
www.detacchi.it

Le Barbarighe
di Leonardo Gagliardo
Via Barbarighe, 1720
San Martino di Venezze (Ro)
Tel. +39 339 3676755-328 0583618
gagliardo_leonardo@libero.it
www.lebarbarighe.it

Borgoluce
di Lodovico Giustiniani
Località Musile, 2
Susegana (Tv)
Tel. +39 329 9029606
o.bortoletto@borgoluce.it
www.borgoluce.it

Mauro Celeghin
Via Guaiane,73
Noventa di Piave (Ve)
Tel. +39 339 8016483-346 0224216
lillicross@alice.it

Solco Dritto
Via Pio X, 47
Loreggia (Pd)
Tel. +39 340 9430273
solcodritto@live.it
www.solcodritto.com

Daniel Feltrin
Via Colombere, 3
Trevignano (Tv)
Tel. +39 349 6957119
biopongrana@libero.it

Istituto Statale di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore Domenico Sartor
Via Postioma di Salvarosa, 28
Castelfranco Veneto (Tv)
posta@istitutoagrariosartor.edu.it|
www.istitutoagrariosartor.edu.it

Istituto Superiore di Istruzione Duca Degli Abruzzi
Via Merlin, 1
Padova
www.ducabruzzi.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Renato Ballan
Tel. +39 346 3797959
mais@biancoperla.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Danilo Gasparini
Tel. +39 366 6616326
danilo.gasparini@unipd.it
In the 1950s, the more productive, hybrid flour varieties replaced the open-pollinated varieties like Biancoperla, which had lower yields. However, some farmers continued to cultivate the white corn and pass down the seeds. The Presidium now wants to improve the quality of the cornmeal obtained from Biancoperla and to promote it to a larger number of consumers. Stone-grinding is particularly encouraged, as it exalts the product’s sensory qualities.

Production area
Treviso, Padua, Rovigo and Venice Provinces

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority
Producers
Azienda Agricola Cenetae
Istituto Diocesano per Il Sostentamento del Clero
Via Jacopo Stella, 34
Vittorio Veneto (Tv)
Tel. +39 348 3168303
direzione@idsc-vv.it
www.cenetae.it

Azienda Agricola Francesco De Tacchi
Via Garibaldi, 54
Grantortino di Gazzo Padovano (Pd)
Tel. +39 335 6088477
ufficio.commerciale@detacchi.it
www.detacchi.it

Le Barbarighe
di Leonardo Gagliardo
Via Barbarighe, 1720
San Martino di Venezze (Ro)
Tel. +39 339 3676755-328 0583618
gagliardo_leonardo@libero.it
www.lebarbarighe.it

Borgoluce
di Lodovico Giustiniani
Località Musile, 2
Susegana (Tv)
Tel. +39 329 9029606
o.bortoletto@borgoluce.it
www.borgoluce.it

Mauro Celeghin
Via Guaiane,73
Noventa di Piave (Ve)
Tel. +39 339 8016483-346 0224216
lillicross@alice.it

Solco Dritto
Via Pio X, 47
Loreggia (Pd)
Tel. +39 340 9430273
solcodritto@live.it
www.solcodritto.com

Daniel Feltrin
Via Colombere, 3
Trevignano (Tv)
Tel. +39 349 6957119
biopongrana@libero.it

Istituto Statale di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore Domenico Sartor
Via Postioma di Salvarosa, 28
Castelfranco Veneto (Tv)
posta@istitutoagrariosartor.edu.it|
www.istitutoagrariosartor.edu.it

Istituto Superiore di Istruzione Duca Degli Abruzzi
Via Merlin, 1
Padova
www.ducabruzzi.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Renato Ballan
Tel. +39 346 3797959
mais@biancoperla.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Danilo Gasparini
Tel. +39 366 6616326
danilo.gasparini@unipd.it

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StateItaly
RegionVeneto

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