Ericine Valley Pizzutello Tomato

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Ericine Valley Pizzutello Tomato

The Ericine valleys run from the slopes of Mount Erice down to the sea by Trapani. Excellent quality produce grows in the red, salt-rich earth here: grains, grapes, melons, garlic, tomatoes.
One local variety is the Pizzutello tomato, which turns bright red when ripe. Round in shape, it is small and has a classic pointed “nipple tip” (pizzo, hence the name Pizzutello) at the bottom. Cultivated without irrigation for many generations (Paceco’s elderly remember it being grown for at least 80 years), over time it has adapted well to this part of Sicily, becoming a hardy ecotype. Particularly when crop rotations are respected, it is highly resistant to parasites and disease, and does not require particular care and attention, with the exception of some manual hoeing.
The farmers save the seeds every year from the plant’s first branches and store them carefully for the following year. They are sown in April, almost always directly in the fields, in clayey soil.
The Pizzutello tomatoes from the Ericine Valleys are very sweet: Excellent raw, they can also be pureed into passata or stored for the winter, hung up in bunches tied with string. Along with Nubia red garlic, they are a traditional ingredient in pesto alla trapanese.

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Season

The tomatoes are harvested in stages from June to September. They keep until February or can be found year-round as passata.

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This area, so well suited to agricultural production, has been subject to heavy pressure. Higher-yielding varieties have been introduced, and gradually local biodiversity has been relegated to small family plots. Luckily, however, local varieties have managed to survive here for decades.
The Presidium wants to revive this tomato variety and promote the work of the few producers who have resisted the push for productivity above all else, continuing over the years to invest resources, labor and time in order to save the biodiversity of these valleys and this tomato in particular.

Production area
Ericine valleys, Paceco, Valderice and Trapani municipalities, Sicily region
Francesca Simonte
Paceco (Tp)
Contrada Dattilo Via Primo Maggio, 27
Tel. 329 8367976
info@specialitadiscilia.com

Rosa Maria Simonte
Paceco (Tp)
Contrada Dattilo Via Primo Maggio, 25
Tel. 329 6152212
rsimonte@hotmail.it

Salvatore Fazio
Frazione Fulgatore (Tp)
Via Rizzo,40
Tel. 389 141808

Rosa Maria Ingardia
Paceco (TP)
Strada Trapani-Salemi, 160 A
Tel. 338 3083443
rosaingardia@gmail.com

Andrea Poracchio
Paceco (Tp)
Via Asaro, 32
Tel. 328 7097971
tonyporacchio@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Giuseppe Raineri
Tel. 335 6679150
raineribenessere@tiscali.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Francesca Simonte
Tel. 329 8367976
info@specialitàdisicilia.com
This area, so well suited to agricultural production, has been subject to heavy pressure. Higher-yielding varieties have been introduced, and gradually local biodiversity has been relegated to small family plots. Luckily, however, local varieties have managed to survive here for decades.
The Presidium wants to revive this tomato variety and promote the work of the few producers who have resisted the push for productivity above all else, continuing over the years to invest resources, labor and time in order to save the biodiversity of these valleys and this tomato in particular.

Production area
Ericine valleys, Paceco, Valderice and Trapani municipalities, Sicily region
Francesca Simonte
Paceco (Tp)
Contrada Dattilo Via Primo Maggio, 27
Tel. 329 8367976
info@specialitadiscilia.com

Rosa Maria Simonte
Paceco (Tp)
Contrada Dattilo Via Primo Maggio, 25
Tel. 329 6152212
rsimonte@hotmail.it

Salvatore Fazio
Frazione Fulgatore (Tp)
Via Rizzo,40
Tel. 389 141808

Rosa Maria Ingardia
Paceco (TP)
Strada Trapani-Salemi, 160 A
Tel. 338 3083443
rosaingardia@gmail.com

Andrea Poracchio
Paceco (Tp)
Via Asaro, 32
Tel. 328 7097971
tonyporacchio@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Giuseppe Raineri
Tel. 335 6679150
raineribenessere@tiscali.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Francesca Simonte
Tel. 329 8367976
info@specialitàdisicilia.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily