Hundred-Day Pea

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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.

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Season

The harvest is from March to April (first ten days 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. It is now preserved in the Campanian horticultural germplasm bank.
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
Somma Vesuviana, Sant’Anastasia, Massa di Somma, Pollena Trocchia, Cercola, Naples –Ponticelli quarter, San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, San Giorgio a Cremano, Portici, Ercolano, Torre del Greco, Torre Annunziata, Trecase, Boscotrecase, Boscoreale, Terzigno, San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Ottaviano, Pomigliano, Poggiomarino and Pompei municipalities around Vesuvius, Naples province, Campania region

Presidium supported by
progetto iPark- Presidio e Cittadinanza - Cod. prog. 2015 - AMB - 0070.
Alberto Aliberti
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Pastrengo 36
Tel. 329 2948641
alberto84007@hotmail.it

Pierfrancesco Ammendola
San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Na)
Via San Leonardo, 83
Tel. 0818279330 – 3393525973
antichisaporives@libero.it

Pasquale Ascione
Pollena Trocchia (Na)
Via Cappelli, 91
Tel. 335 6827833
ascione09@libero.it

Raffaele Beneduce
Sant'Anastasia (Na)
Via Romani Ndurro
Tel. 328 4686217
az.agr.raffaelebeneduce@hotmail.it

Saverio Bifulco
Ottaviano (Na)
Via Prisco di Prisco, 190
Tel. 333 6275495
saveriobifulco@gmail.com

Simona Briganti
Torre del Greco (Na)
Via Boccea, 6
Tel. 339 7055185
smbriga@gmail.com

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

Salvatore Cirillo
Trecase (Na)
Via Berardinetti
Tel. 392 3259882
vincecirillo@virgilio.it

Salvatore Di Sarno
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via I traversa Cimitero, 23
Tel. 081 8280388 – 3476227351
lorodellaterravesuviana@gmail.com

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

Pasquale Farina
Trecase (Na)
Via Sapitano Rea
Tel. 328 1381775
pasqualefarinamail@libero.it

Libera Feola
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Annunziata, 24
Tel. 339 3722387
libera.feol@alice.it

Aniello Formisano
Trecase (Na)
Bosco del Monaco
Tel. 338 3266941
toto.formisano12@gmail.com

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

Francesco Manzo
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Fruscio
Tel. 334 1594060
info.officinavesuviana@gmail.com

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

Francesco Porricelli
Pollena Trocchia (Na)
Via Duca della Regina, 18
Tel. 329 6125951
cartolandiadisieno@gmail.com

Gaetano Romano
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Pigno,127
Tel. 328 8961487
romanogaetano_rg@libero.it

Bruno Sodano
Pomigliano (Na)
Via Pratola I traversa
Tel. 347 8070109
aziendaagricolabrunosodano@yahoo.it

Enzo Tortora
Trecase (Na)
Via Regina Margherita, 280
Tel. 333 6750957

Nicola Tufano
Boscoreale
Via Gesuiti, 47
Tel. 333 7133361
nicola.tufano@hotmail.it

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

Aniello Zeccato
Trecase (Na)
Via Carlo Pisacane
Tel. 081 5367129 - 331 2533961
antonio.zeccato@gmail.com
Producers’ Presidium coordinator
Vera Verrone
tel.392/9479427
pisellocentogiorni@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator

Francesco Fusco
tel. 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. It is now preserved in the Campanian horticultural germplasm bank.
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
Somma Vesuviana, Sant’Anastasia, Massa di Somma, Pollena Trocchia, Cercola, Naples –Ponticelli quarter, San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, San Giorgio a Cremano, Portici, Ercolano, Torre del Greco, Torre Annunziata, Trecase, Boscotrecase, Boscoreale, Terzigno, San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Ottaviano, Pomigliano, Poggiomarino and Pompei municipalities around Vesuvius, Naples province, Campania region

Presidium supported by
progetto iPark- Presidio e Cittadinanza - Cod. prog. 2015 - AMB - 0070.
Alberto Aliberti
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Pastrengo 36
Tel. 329 2948641
alberto84007@hotmail.it

Pierfrancesco Ammendola
San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Na)
Via San Leonardo, 83
Tel. 0818279330 – 3393525973
antichisaporives@libero.it

Pasquale Ascione
Pollena Trocchia (Na)
Via Cappelli, 91
Tel. 335 6827833
ascione09@libero.it

Raffaele Beneduce
Sant'Anastasia (Na)
Via Romani Ndurro
Tel. 328 4686217
az.agr.raffaelebeneduce@hotmail.it

Saverio Bifulco
Ottaviano (Na)
Via Prisco di Prisco, 190
Tel. 333 6275495
saveriobifulco@gmail.com

Simona Briganti
Torre del Greco (Na)
Via Boccea, 6
Tel. 339 7055185
smbriga@gmail.com

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

Salvatore Cirillo
Trecase (Na)
Via Berardinetti
Tel. 392 3259882
vincecirillo@virgilio.it

Salvatore Di Sarno
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via I traversa Cimitero, 23
Tel. 081 8280388 – 3476227351
lorodellaterravesuviana@gmail.com

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

Pasquale Farina
Trecase (Na)
Via Sapitano Rea
Tel. 328 1381775
pasqualefarinamail@libero.it

Libera Feola
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Annunziata, 24
Tel. 339 3722387
libera.feol@alice.it

Aniello Formisano
Trecase (Na)
Bosco del Monaco
Tel. 338 3266941
toto.formisano12@gmail.com

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

Francesco Manzo
Boscotrecase (Na)
Via Fruscio
Tel. 334 1594060
info.officinavesuviana@gmail.com

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

Francesco Porricelli
Pollena Trocchia (Na)
Via Duca della Regina, 18
Tel. 329 6125951
cartolandiadisieno@gmail.com

Gaetano Romano
Somma Vesuviana (Na)
Via Pigno,127
Tel. 328 8961487
romanogaetano_rg@libero.it

Bruno Sodano
Pomigliano (Na)
Via Pratola I traversa
Tel. 347 8070109
aziendaagricolabrunosodano@yahoo.it

Enzo Tortora
Trecase (Na)
Via Regina Margherita, 280
Tel. 333 6750957

Nicola Tufano
Boscoreale
Via Gesuiti, 47
Tel. 333 7133361
nicola.tufano@hotmail.it

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

Aniello Zeccato
Trecase (Na)
Via Carlo Pisacane
Tel. 081 5367129 - 331 2533961
antonio.zeccato@gmail.com
Producers’ Presidium coordinator
Vera Verrone
tel.392/9479427
pisellocentogiorni@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator

Francesco Fusco
tel. 333/4035312
francofusco2016@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionCampania

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CategoriesLegumes