Hundred-Day Pea

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Campania

Legumes

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Hundred-Day Pea

Peas are among the world’s oldest legumes. They have been a staple food on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius since the times of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, and over the centuries the local growers selected many different varieties. One of these is the Centogiorni, cultivated in the Vesuvius area for at least a century. Its name, which means “a hundred days,” refers to the average length of its production cycle. The peas are grown in open fields, often intercropped with fruit trees like apricots and cherries, or sometimes grapevines, and do not need irrigation. The climbing plants are given support from a system of wooden poles and interwoven wires or nets. All the cultivation phases are carried out manually, from the sowing (in single rows) to the harvesting of the fresh pods, a long and gradual process. The peas are eaten either green and waxy, or when dried and the seeds turn beige.
Appreciated for their sensory qualities, such as their exceptional sweetness, and the tenderness of their skin, even when dried, the peas make an excellent accompaniment to meat dishes and to the king of Neapolitan cuisine, baccalà (salt cod). They also star in a typically Neapolitan soup of pasta and peas, in which the peas are cooked with onion and pancetta before the addition of little tubes of pasta or mixed pasta shapes.

Season

The harvest is from March till the first half of May. The dried peas can be found year round

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Until the 1970s, this variety was very common, with around 500 hectares around Vesuvius planted with Centogiorni peas. A gradual decline then started, as the market demanded more productive varieties, suited to processing (freezing or canning) and mechanized cultivation. The Centogiorni survived only in family gardens, with the seeds passed down through the generations by a handful of growers.
The Presidium was started to save and promote this variety, currently grown in tiny plots (covering a total of around 10 hectares) and to draw attention to the work of the Vesuvian growers.

Production area
Municipalities around Vesuvius, Naples province

Presidium supported by
progetto iPark- Presidio e Cittadinanza - Cod. prog. 2015 - AMB - 0070.
Ager
di Romano Monica
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Pigno, 127
Tel. 328 8961487
romanogaetano_rg@libero.it

Alberto Aliberti
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Pastrengo 36
Tel. 329 2948641
alberto84007@hotmail.it

Pierfrancesco Ammendola 
San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Na)
Via San Leonardo, 83
Tel. 081 8279330 - 339 3525973
antichisaporives@libero.it

Antica Trochlea
di Vera Verrone
Pollena Trocchia (Na)
Via Stefano Trinchera, 33
Tel. 392 9479427
info@anticatrochlea.it

Alfonso Cuomo
Boscoreale (Na)
Via San Francesco, 10
Tel 329 2948641

Casale Pietropaolo
di Francesco Espresso
Sant’Anastasia (Na)
Via Aldo Moro, 8 
Tel. 333 3366260
info@casalepietropaolo.it

Vincenzo Egizio
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Camillo Cucca, 295
Tel. 389 2713615
scrivenzo@libero.it

I Pomodori del Vulcano
di Salvatore Oliviero
Sant’Anastasia (Na)
Via Costanzi, 40
Tel. 348 3688153
ipomodoridelvulcano@gmail.com

Il sole del Vesuvio
Boscoreale (Na)
Via Armando Diaz, 18
Tel. 339 2209654
ilsoledelvesuvio@gmail.com

Lavoro in corsi Cooperativa Sociale
Napoli
Piazza Masaniello, 31
Tel. 333 3900484
presidenza@lavoroincorsi.it

L’Orto di Carmela
di Carmela Calabrese 
Trecase (Na)
Via Carlo Pisacane 
Tel. 347 674494
info@ortodicarmela.com

Masseria Clementina
di Antonio Buscè 
Ottaviano (Na)
Via Municipio, 60
Tel. 366 8047512
info@masseriaclementina.it

Masseria dello Sbirro
di Lorenzo Cozzolino
Portici (Na)
Zumbini, 27
Tel. 349 6212808
info@masseriadellosbirro.it

Officina Vesuviana
di Francesco Manzo
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Fruscio
Tel. 334 59460
info.officinavesuviana@gmail.com

Bruno Sodano
Pomigliano d’Arco (Na)
Via Pratola I traversa,
Tel. 347 8079109
aziendaagricolabrunosodano@yahoo.it

Villa Mazza al Vesuvio
di Simona Briganti
Torre del Greco (Na)
Via Boccea, 6 
Tel. 339 7055185
smbriga@gmail.com
Producers’ Presidium coordinator
Vera Verrone
Tel.+39 392 9479427
pisellocentogiorni@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator

Francesco Fusco
Tel. +39 333 4035312
francofusco2016@gmail.com

Until the 1970s, this variety was very common, with around 500 hectares around Vesuvius planted with Centogiorni peas. A gradual decline then started, as the market demanded more productive varieties, suited to processing (freezing or canning) and mechanized cultivation. The Centogiorni survived only in family gardens, with the seeds passed down through the generations by a handful of growers.
The Presidium was started to save and promote this variety, currently grown in tiny plots (covering a total of around 10 hectares) and to draw attention to the work of the Vesuvian growers.

Production area
Municipalities around Vesuvius, Naples province

Presidium supported by
progetto iPark- Presidio e Cittadinanza - Cod. prog. 2015 - AMB - 0070.
Ager
di Romano Monica
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Pigno, 127
Tel. 328 8961487
romanogaetano_rg@libero.it

Alberto Aliberti
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Pastrengo 36
Tel. 329 2948641
alberto84007@hotmail.it

Pierfrancesco Ammendola 
San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Na)
Via San Leonardo, 83
Tel. 081 8279330 - 339 3525973
antichisaporives@libero.it

Antica Trochlea
di Vera Verrone
Pollena Trocchia (Na)
Via Stefano Trinchera, 33
Tel. 392 9479427
info@anticatrochlea.it

Alfonso Cuomo
Boscoreale (Na)
Via San Francesco, 10
Tel 329 2948641

Casale Pietropaolo
di Francesco Espresso
Sant’Anastasia (Na)
Via Aldo Moro, 8 
Tel. 333 3366260
info@casalepietropaolo.it

Vincenzo Egizio
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Camillo Cucca, 295
Tel. 389 2713615
scrivenzo@libero.it

I Pomodori del Vulcano
di Salvatore Oliviero
Sant’Anastasia (Na)
Via Costanzi, 40
Tel. 348 3688153
ipomodoridelvulcano@gmail.com

Il sole del Vesuvio
Boscoreale (Na)
Via Armando Diaz, 18
Tel. 339 2209654
ilsoledelvesuvio@gmail.com

Lavoro in corsi Cooperativa Sociale
Napoli
Piazza Masaniello, 31
Tel. 333 3900484
presidenza@lavoroincorsi.it

L’Orto di Carmela
di Carmela Calabrese 
Trecase (Na)
Via Carlo Pisacane 
Tel. 347 674494
info@ortodicarmela.com

Masseria Clementina
di Antonio Buscè 
Ottaviano (Na)
Via Municipio, 60
Tel. 366 8047512
info@masseriaclementina.it

Masseria dello Sbirro
di Lorenzo Cozzolino
Portici (Na)
Zumbini, 27
Tel. 349 6212808
info@masseriadellosbirro.it

Officina Vesuviana
di Francesco Manzo
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Fruscio
Tel. 334 59460
info.officinavesuviana@gmail.com

Bruno Sodano
Pomigliano d’Arco (Na)
Via Pratola I traversa,
Tel. 347 8079109
aziendaagricolabrunosodano@yahoo.it

Villa Mazza al Vesuvio
di Simona Briganti
Torre del Greco (Na)
Via Boccea, 6 
Tel. 339 7055185
smbriga@gmail.com
Producers’ Presidium coordinator
Vera Verrone
Tel.+39 392 9479427
pisellocentogiorni@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator

Francesco Fusco
Tel. +39 333 4035312
francofusco2016@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionCampania

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CategoriesLegumes