Murgia Carsica Black Chickpea

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Murgia Carsica Black Chickpea

Black chickpeas have long been grown in the Murgia Carsica, the southern part of the Murgia around Bari, characterized by karst formations and caves. The sandy soil is particularly suited to growing onions and legumes. The chickpea is small and very dark, with a wrinkled and a hooked shape. It was already being cultivated in the 19th century, when it was consumed especially by rural families, serving as an excellent supplement to a diet that was otherwise low in protein. The chickpeas were particularly recommended for women who were about to give birth.
Until the 1950s, the black chickpeas were still commonly eaten, but then their cultivation fell following the introduction of more profitable crops, like olives and grapes. Many agricultural areas were built up and legumes with much shorter cooking times arrived on the market.

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Season

The chickpeas are harvested in August and are available dried year-round.

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Over time the cultivation of the Murgia chickpeas is slowly disappearing, allowing industrialized production to take an ever-larger share of the market: the farmers become specialized factory workers, and all the local, traditional varieties are at risk. The only ones remaining are those which are profitable: the olive groves and vineyards. In recent years, however, small productions like lentils, onions and chickpeas have shown signs of a comeback. Six farmers in the Slow Food Presidium have started producing the Murgia Carscia black chickpeas again, using techniques of integrated farming.

Production area
Acquaviva delle Fonti, Cassano delle Murge, Sant’Eramo in Colle Municipalities and surronders

Presidium supported by
Bari Chamber of Commerce
Saverio Barberio
Santeramo in Colle (Ba)
Via Natuzzi, 22 E
Tel. +39 338 3494138
saverio.barberio@hotmail.it

Luca Bertini
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via De Marinis, 54
Tel. +39 327 1057704
bertinil51@libero.it

Fabio Carlo Bruno
Acquaviva della Fonti (Ba)
Via Alvaro, 6
Tel. +39 338 3647435
sheva00@hotmail.com

Sebastiano Capozzo
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Fraccascia
Tel. +39 339 5728562

Stefano Castellaneta
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Giosuè Carducci, 17
Tel. +39 368 7468651

Giacomo Colapietro
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Giuseppe Pietroforte, 14
Tel. +39 080 759214

Anna Iannone
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Annunziata, 31
Tel. +39 080 757468
+39 333 9807833

Eustachio Mastrorocco
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Colamonico, 8
Tel. +39 080 768595
+39 333 9597621

Angela Valentino
Santeramo in Colle (Ba)
Via Lecce, 30
angy86@hotmail.it

Giuseppe Valentino
Cassano Murge (Ba)
Contrada Masseria Campo, 182
Tel. +39 333 1118390

Giovanni Valentino
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Sannicandro, 40
Tel. +39 080 758206
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Vito Abrusci
Tel. +39 339 1936517
abrusciserv@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Angelo Nardulli
Tel. +39 328 2841024
nardulli.angelo@libero.it
Over time the cultivation of the Murgia chickpeas is slowly disappearing, allowing industrialized production to take an ever-larger share of the market: the farmers become specialized factory workers, and all the local, traditional varieties are at risk. The only ones remaining are those which are profitable: the olive groves and vineyards. In recent years, however, small productions like lentils, onions and chickpeas have shown signs of a comeback. Six farmers in the Slow Food Presidium have started producing the Murgia Carscia black chickpeas again, using techniques of integrated farming.

Production area
Acquaviva delle Fonti, Cassano delle Murge, Sant’Eramo in Colle Municipalities and surronders

Presidium supported by
Bari Chamber of Commerce
Saverio Barberio
Santeramo in Colle (Ba)
Via Natuzzi, 22 E
Tel. +39 338 3494138
saverio.barberio@hotmail.it

Luca Bertini
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via De Marinis, 54
Tel. +39 327 1057704
bertinil51@libero.it

Fabio Carlo Bruno
Acquaviva della Fonti (Ba)
Via Alvaro, 6
Tel. +39 338 3647435
sheva00@hotmail.com

Sebastiano Capozzo
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Fraccascia
Tel. +39 339 5728562

Stefano Castellaneta
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Giosuè Carducci, 17
Tel. +39 368 7468651

Giacomo Colapietro
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Giuseppe Pietroforte, 14
Tel. +39 080 759214

Anna Iannone
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Annunziata, 31
Tel. +39 080 757468
+39 333 9807833

Eustachio Mastrorocco
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Colamonico, 8
Tel. +39 080 768595
+39 333 9597621

Angela Valentino
Santeramo in Colle (Ba)
Via Lecce, 30
angy86@hotmail.it

Giuseppe Valentino
Cassano Murge (Ba)
Contrada Masseria Campo, 182
Tel. +39 333 1118390

Giovanni Valentino
Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba)
Via Sannicandro, 40
Tel. +39 080 758206
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Vito Abrusci
Tel. +39 339 1936517
abrusciserv@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Angelo Nardulli
Tel. +39 328 2841024
nardulli.angelo@libero.it

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StateItaly
RegionPuglia

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