Lake Trasimeno Bean

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Umbria

Legumes

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Lake Trasimeno Bean

Grown for centuries on the land around Lake Trasimeno, this bean was very popular until the 1950s, but has since almost completely disappeared. The depopulation of the countryside is partly to blame, as is the lengthy and laborious cultivation process, still entirely manual, from sowing to harvesting to threshing. The tiny, oval bean comes in a range of colors, from cream to black, passing though salmon and many shades of brown, and is sometimes speckled. When cooked, the beans are tender, buttery and particularly flavorful. They are best eaten boiled, seasoned simply with a little local extra-virgin olive oil.

Season

Traditionally harvested between July and August, but available dried year-round.

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The farms that still grow the beans are family-run: small-scale producers who sow and harvest their crop by hand. They have joined in an association and signed a production protocol to help distinguish the Presidium beans. The Presidium is working to promote the bean, helping it move beyond the local market so as to encourage an increase in production.

Production area
Municipalities around Lake Trasimeno, Perugia Province

Presidium supported by
Trasimeno-Medio Tevere Municipalities Association Mountain Community, Umbria Regional Authority
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Flavio Orsini
Tel. +39 339 8243379
flavio.orsini64@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Riccardo Pandolfi
Tel. +39 339 6729967
riccardo.pandolfi1610@gmail.com
The farms that still grow the beans are family-run: small-scale producers who sow and harvest their crop by hand. They have joined in an association and signed a production protocol to help distinguish the Presidium beans. The Presidium is working to promote the bean, helping it move beyond the local market so as to encourage an increase in production.

Production area
Municipalities around Lake Trasimeno, Perugia Province

Presidium supported by
Trasimeno-Medio Tevere Municipalities Association Mountain Community, Umbria Regional Authority
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Flavio Orsini
Tel. +39 339 8243379
flavio.orsini64@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Riccardo Pandolfi
Tel. +39 339 6729967
riccardo.pandolfi1610@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionUmbria

Other info

CategoriesLegumes