Up until the early 1980s, Garbagna, a small town in the Grue Valley, was known for its cherry trees, which covered the whole valley. The varieties included Pistoiesi and late-ripening Grisone, but the most important was the Bella, a bright-red, bigarreau-type cherry whose crispness made it ideal for preserving in spirits. In early June families would pick the cherries using long ladders to climb the tall trees. Thanks to their natural characteristics, Bella cherries keep their shape, texture and sweet flavor when preserved in alcohol. The preserved cherries are ideal for covering in chocolate to make “boeri”.
The harvest takes place in June. During the rest of the year, it can be eaten as a jam, syrup or liquor.
Garbagna Municipality, Grue Valley, Alessandria Province
Presidium supported by:
Curone, Grue and Ossona Valleys Mountain Community, Municipality of Garbagna
frazione Cà dei Bianchi, 1
tel. +39 339 7749011-338 2152841
Frazione Santa Cristina
tel. +39 0131 877817-339 3617024
di Raffaella Urban
frazione Costigliola, 1/2
tel. +39 0131 877751-348 5224464-338 6514200
Aldo e Massimo Pisacco
frazione Ca' dei Bianchi
tel. +39 0131 877694-338 4392377