Bronda Valley Ramassin

Italy

Piedmont

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Bronda Valley Ramassin

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.

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Season

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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A 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.

Production area
Bronda and Po Valleys, Cuneo Province

Presidium supported by
Ortofruit Italia, Pagno, Castellar and Brondello Municipalities
The Presidium producers are united in the Consortium for the promotion of the Monviso Valle Bronda Ramassin
Pagno (Cn)
Via Roma, 3
tel. 0175 276937 - 347 4699707
ramassin.vallebronda@tiscali.it

The producers
Alida Lucia Borghino, Eros Demarchi and Dario Morello in Castellar; Silvano Bodrero, Pietro Giordanino, Luigi Maero, Bruna Mellano, Marco Occelli, Eligio Perotto and Franco Ponso in Pagno; Riccardo Boglione and Luca Maero in Saluzzo

The producers/transformers:
Alida Lucia Borghino
Castellar (Cn)
Via Morra, 2
tel. 0175 76214 - 328 6796408
bordeb@libero.it - info@bioborghino.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Dario Morello
Tel. +39 347 4699707
info.morello@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Monica Nicotti
tel. +39 340 1004523
monicanicotti@libero.it
A 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.

Production area
Bronda and Po Valleys, Cuneo Province

Presidium supported by
Ortofruit Italia, Pagno, Castellar and Brondello Municipalities
The Presidium producers are united in the Consortium for the promotion of the Monviso Valle Bronda Ramassin
Pagno (Cn)
Via Roma, 3
tel. 0175 276937 - 347 4699707
ramassin.vallebronda@tiscali.it

The producers
Alida Lucia Borghino, Eros Demarchi and Dario Morello in Castellar; Silvano Bodrero, Pietro Giordanino, Luigi Maero, Bruna Mellano, Marco Occelli, Eligio Perotto and Franco Ponso in Pagno; Riccardo Boglione and Luca Maero in Saluzzo

The producers/transformers:
Alida Lucia Borghino
Castellar (Cn)
Via Morra, 2
tel. 0175 76214 - 328 6796408
bordeb@libero.it - info@bioborghino.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Dario Morello
Tel. +39 347 4699707
info.morello@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Monica Nicotti
tel. +39 340 1004523
monicanicotti@libero.it