Civita di Cascia Roveja

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Civita di Cascia Roveja

The roveja a small, pea-like legume, whose color varies from dark green to brown to gray. Some researchers believe it is an ancestor of the common pea, while others claim it is a true species. In either case, its botanical classification is still unclear. In past centuries it was a staple in the diet of herders and farmers in the Sibillini Mountains, but in recent years its cultivation has been almost completely abandoned. Only in Valnerina, particularly in the area around Cascia, does it continue to be sown. The beans are grown at altitudes between 600 and 1,200 meters, planted in March and harvested in the middle of the summer.

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Season

The roveja is picked between the end of July and the start of August, and is available dried year-round.

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Just as with the lentils grown on difficult, high-altitude land, harvesting the roveja peas is a tough, laborious job. The long stalks tend to lie on the ground, making the use of combine harvesters almost impossible, so the plants must still be scythed manually. The Presidium involves four producers from Civita di Cascia who have recovered the ancient seed and are promoting awareness of the legume, which is excellent in soups.

Production area
Nerina Valley, Perugia Province

Presidium supported by
Umbra Valley and Sibillini GAL, Umbria Regional Authority
Silvana Crespi De Carolis
Cascia (Pg)
Località Civita, 7
tel. +39 0743 76430-329 0909352
silvanacrespi@alice.it

Maria De' Nicolo
Cascia (Pg)
Località Gubbiano, 6
tel. +39 0743 76392 - 392 5912489

Geltrude Moretti
Cascia (Pg)
Località Civita, 8
tel. +39 347 1873869

Simone Vagni e Nanda Avanzi
Terreni Riuniti Alta Valnerina
Cascia (Pg)
Località Casali di Ocosce
Via Fontespinosa, 16
cell. +39 349 1070899-348 5408092
fam.vagni@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Silvana Crespi De Carolis
Tel. +39 0743 76430
+39 329 0909352
silvanacrespi@alice.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Gianluca Polidori
Tel. +39 0743 274134
+39 338 7119510
gpolidori@castellodiporeta.it
Just as with the lentils grown on difficult, high-altitude land, harvesting the roveja peas is a tough, laborious job. The long stalks tend to lie on the ground, making the use of combine harvesters almost impossible, so the plants must still be scythed manually. The Presidium involves four producers from Civita di Cascia who have recovered the ancient seed and are promoting awareness of the legume, which is excellent in soups.

Production area
Nerina Valley, Perugia Province

Presidium supported by
Umbra Valley and Sibillini GAL, Umbria Regional Authority
Silvana Crespi De Carolis
Cascia (Pg)
Località Civita, 7
tel. +39 0743 76430-329 0909352
silvanacrespi@alice.it

Maria De' Nicolo
Cascia (Pg)
Località Gubbiano, 6
tel. +39 0743 76392 - 392 5912489

Geltrude Moretti
Cascia (Pg)
Località Civita, 8
tel. +39 347 1873869

Simone Vagni e Nanda Avanzi
Terreni Riuniti Alta Valnerina
Cascia (Pg)
Località Casali di Ocosce
Via Fontespinosa, 16
cell. +39 349 1070899-348 5408092
fam.vagni@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Silvana Crespi De Carolis
Tel. +39 0743 76430
+39 329 0909352
silvanacrespi@alice.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Gianluca Polidori
Tel. +39 0743 274134
+39 338 7119510
gpolidori@castellodiporeta.it