Menfi Spiny Artichoke

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Sicily

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Menfi Spiny Artichoke

Artichokes are grown in Sicily in the provinces of Palermo, Catania and Agrigento, but the countryside around Menfi is the best suited to the crop. Over 600 hectares are planted with artichokes, of which only 10 are used for the traditional Menfi spiny variety. This was once the only artichoke grown in the area, but in the early 1980s, more productive varieties became available—Tema 2000, Violet de Provence, Romanesco—able to diversify the market and extend the harvest season.
A small group of farmers has continued to grow this ecotype, which is only found at local markets and in Palermo, Agrigento and Trapani. The spiny artichoke has excellent flavor and is high in lignin, making it better for cooking and preservation.

Season

The artichokes are harvested from December to April

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The Presidium was started to support the activity of the growers and to establish the artichoke on the market, using the exceptional artichokes preserved in oil to expand the variety’s reach outside Sicily. The objective is to increase the area of land dedicated to spiny artichoke cultivation.

Production area
Menfi, Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Partanna, Montevago, Santa Margherita Belìce, Sciacca and Sambuca di Sicilia Municipalities, Trapani and Agrigento Provinces

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region
Producers

Domenico Bilà
Va Discesa dei Fiori, 5
Menfi (Ag)
Tel. +39 339 641088
biladom1@libero.it

Luigi Monaco
Via Giuseppe Mirabile, 12
Menfi (Ag)
Tel.+39 338 1080184
campomenfi@alice.it

Giuseppe Pumilia
Via Garibaldi, 34
Menfi (Ag)
Tel. +39 328 0276978
giuseppepumilia@hotmail.it

Calogero Romano
Via Siracusa, 15
Menfi (Ag)
Tel. +39 329 7109091 (Filippo) +39 389 5845254 (Calogero)
az.agricola.romano@gmail.com
Slow Food Producers’ Coordinator
Calogero Romano
Tel. +39 389 5845254
agronomo.romano@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Michele Termine
Tel.+39 347 8343882
micheleargos@yahoo.it
The Presidium was started to support the activity of the growers and to establish the artichoke on the market, using the exceptional artichokes preserved in oil to expand the variety’s reach outside Sicily. The objective is to increase the area of land dedicated to spiny artichoke cultivation.

Production area
Menfi, Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Partanna, Montevago, Santa Margherita Belìce, Sciacca and Sambuca di Sicilia Municipalities, Trapani and Agrigento Provinces

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region
Producers

Domenico Bilà
Va Discesa dei Fiori, 5
Menfi (Ag)
Tel. +39 339 641088
biladom1@libero.it

Luigi Monaco
Via Giuseppe Mirabile, 12
Menfi (Ag)
Tel.+39 338 1080184
campomenfi@alice.it

Giuseppe Pumilia
Via Garibaldi, 34
Menfi (Ag)
Tel. +39 328 0276978
giuseppepumilia@hotmail.it

Calogero Romano
Via Siracusa, 15
Menfi (Ag)
Tel. +39 329 7109091 (Filippo) +39 389 5845254 (Calogero)
az.agricola.romano@gmail.com
Slow Food Producers’ Coordinator
Calogero Romano
Tel. +39 389 5845254
agronomo.romano@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Michele Termine
Tel.+39 347 8343882
micheleargos@yahoo.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily