Bilìci Valley Siccagno Tomato

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Sicily

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Bilìci Valley Siccagno Tomato

In the villages of inland Sicily, no family would start the winter without a stock of tomato passata, either preparing it on their own or with the rest of the community. The Siccagno tomatoes would be processed at the height of summer. The tomatoes were cooked immediately after harvesting, then spread out on boards made from woven reeds, cannizze, which were covered with a cloth and set out in the sun, in the street or in a courtyard. Every so often the women and children would stir the tomato paste. Once it had dried, oil-greased hands were used to form it into balls, called astrattu, which were stored in jars.
Tomatoes suited to this type of processing can no longer be found. Cultivation without irrigation doesn’t require water, but the harvest is scanty, so the technique was abandoned and the old Siccagno tomatoes were replaced with modern hybrids.

Season

Presidium Siccagno tomatoes are harvested from the middle of July to the end of August, but are available year-round as puree (passata) or extract.

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A producer from Villalba, Francesco Di Gèsu, managed to preserve a historic ecotype and has now made it available to a group of farmers interested in growing and selling this tomato, intended as a “storage” tomato and usually dried or turned into passata or triple extract.

Production area
Upper Belìci Valley Municipalities, Caltanissetta and Palermo Provinces

Supported by
Sicilan Region
Producers

Fattoria Di Gesu
di Francesco Di Gesu
Strada Statale 121
Contrada Belici
Villalba (Cl)
Tel. +39 333 7192887
fattoriadigesu@gmail.com

Vincenzo e Rosa Pisa
Contrada Crete
Tel. +39 3200575768
Valledolmodittapisarosa@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Fabio Di Francesco
Tel. +39 348 8568642
fbdifrancesco@gmail.com
A producer from Villalba, Francesco Di Gèsu, managed to preserve a historic ecotype and has now made it available to a group of farmers interested in growing and selling this tomato, intended as a “storage” tomato and usually dried or turned into passata or triple extract.

Production area
Upper Belìci Valley Municipalities, Caltanissetta and Palermo Provinces

Supported by
Sicilan Region
Producers

Fattoria Di Gesu
di Francesco Di Gesu
Strada Statale 121
Contrada Belici
Villalba (Cl)
Tel. +39 333 7192887
fattoriadigesu@gmail.com

Vincenzo e Rosa Pisa
Contrada Crete
Tel. +39 3200575768
Valledolmodittapisarosa@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Fabio Di Francesco
Tel. +39 348 8568642
fbdifrancesco@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily