Lessinia Misso Pear

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Veneto

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Lessinia Misso Pear

Around 200 Misso Pear trees remain in Lessinia, scattered around the Valpantena, the Mezzane and Illasi valleys and, in greater numbers, the upper Valpolicella. When picked, the medium-small pears have a green skin covered in subtle reddish markings. The pear’s unusual characteristic is that before being consumed it must undergo further ripening. The pears are picked while still unripe and arranged, well spaced out, on a cardboard tray or in a wooden crate, then stored somewhere dry and dark.

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In the 19th century, Misso Pears were very important to the fruit market in the northeast of Italy and beyond, and until 40 years ago they were even sold in Verona. Now they can only be found on small farms, or at rural fairs in Lessinia. The Agronomy Department of the University of Padua’s Agriculture Faculty, in collaboration with the Experimental Fruit-Growing Institute in Verona and working with several growers, has started a project in recent years to reintroduce this variety, which led to the creation of the Presidium.

Production area
Hilly areas around Lessinia (Province of Verona)

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority
Domenico e Stefano Fasoli
Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo (Vr)
località Cerna
Via Maso, 15 a
Tel. +39 045 7545055 - 348 3016746
righettibibbiana@gmail.com

Costantino Angelo Tommasi
Sant' Anna d' Alfaedo (VR)
Località Cerna
Via Calserega 1
tel.+39 3406797225
angelotommasi@live.it
Coordinator
Bibbiana Righetti
tel. 348 3016746
righettibibbiana@gmail.com

Slow Food Coordinator
Antonella Bampa
cel. 346 7298276
verona@network.slowfood.it
In the 19th century, Misso Pears were very important to the fruit market in the northeast of Italy and beyond, and until 40 years ago they were even sold in Verona. Now they can only be found on small farms, or at rural fairs in Lessinia. The Agronomy Department of the University of Padua’s Agriculture Faculty, in collaboration with the Experimental Fruit-Growing Institute in Verona and working with several growers, has started a project in recent years to reintroduce this variety, which led to the creation of the Presidium.

Production area
Hilly areas around Lessinia (Province of Verona)

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority
Domenico e Stefano Fasoli
Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo (Vr)
località Cerna
Via Maso, 15 a
Tel. +39 045 7545055 - 348 3016746
righettibibbiana@gmail.com

Costantino Angelo Tommasi
Sant' Anna d' Alfaedo (VR)
Località Cerna
Via Calserega 1
tel.+39 3406797225
angelotommasi@live.it
Coordinator
Bibbiana Righetti
tel. 348 3016746
righettibibbiana@gmail.com

Slow Food Coordinator
Antonella Bampa
cel. 346 7298276
verona@network.slowfood.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionVeneto