Garbagna Bella Cherry

Italy

Piedmont

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Garbagna Bella Cherry

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”.

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Season

The harvest takes place in June. During the rest of the year, it can be eaten as a jam, syrup or liquor.

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Until around 20 years ago, thousands of quintals of the cherries were harvested every year. Now, just 40 quintals are picked. The Bella has been widely abandoned because it is less hardy than other varieties and the local Grue Valley harvest was in any case being sent to wholesale warehouses and mixed in with other cherries without any differentiation. The Presidium has relaunched this fruit on the market, both as a fresh cherry and, especially, as a preserve, giving it back value and ensuring its future.

Production area
Garbagna Municipality, Grue Valley, Alessandria Province

Presidium supported by:
Curone, Grue and Ossona Valleys Mountain Community, Municipality of Garbagna

Franco e Danilo Fascioli
Garbagna (Al)
frazione Cà dei Bianchi, 1
tel. +39 339 7749011-338 2152841

Maria Gennaro
Garbagna (Al)
Frazione Santa Cristina
tel. +39 0131 877817-339 3617024

La Martina
di Raffaella Urban
Garbagna (Al)
frazione Costigliola, 1/2
tel. +39 0131 877751-348 5224464-338 6514200
fabrizio.guglielmone@gmail.com

Aldo e Massimo Pisacco
Garbagna (Al)
frazione Ca' dei Bianchi
tel. +39 0131 877694-338 4392377
massimopisacco@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Massimo Pisacco
Tel. +39 338 4392377
massimopisacco@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Dell’Era
Tel. +39 338 3147625
mdellera65@gmail.com
Until around 20 years ago, thousands of quintals of the cherries were harvested every year. Now, just 40 quintals are picked. The Bella has been widely abandoned because it is less hardy than other varieties and the local Grue Valley harvest was in any case being sent to wholesale warehouses and mixed in with other cherries without any differentiation. The Presidium has relaunched this fruit on the market, both as a fresh cherry and, especially, as a preserve, giving it back value and ensuring its future.

Production area
Garbagna Municipality, Grue Valley, Alessandria Province

Presidium supported by:
Curone, Grue and Ossona Valleys Mountain Community, Municipality of Garbagna

Franco e Danilo Fascioli
Garbagna (Al)
frazione Cà dei Bianchi, 1
tel. +39 339 7749011-338 2152841

Maria Gennaro
Garbagna (Al)
Frazione Santa Cristina
tel. +39 0131 877817-339 3617024

La Martina
di Raffaella Urban
Garbagna (Al)
frazione Costigliola, 1/2
tel. +39 0131 877751-348 5224464-338 6514200
fabrizio.guglielmone@gmail.com

Aldo e Massimo Pisacco
Garbagna (Al)
frazione Ca' dei Bianchi
tel. +39 0131 877694-338 4392377
massimopisacco@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Massimo Pisacco
Tel. +39 338 4392377
massimopisacco@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Dell’Era
Tel. +39 338 3147625
mdellera65@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont