Polizzi Generosa Badda Bean

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Polizzi Generosa Badda Bean

This medium-small, round, two-color bean has been grown in the vegetable gardens of Polizzi Generosa, in the Madonie Park, for two centuries. The bean’s name, Badda, comes from the dialect word for ball. The ivory beans are spotted with blotches, either pinkish-orange or dark-purple, almost black. The harvest of the green pods, which can be eaten fresh, starts in August, about 60 days after sowing, and depending on the altitude can continue into November. Beans for drying are picked in October and November, before the pods open to let the seeds fall. A flavorful bean, with herbaceous, even briny notes, it has a slight astringency, with hints of chestnut and almond in the finish.

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Season

Harvested from August to September and the dried beans can be found year-round.

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The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the Badda bean and expand its cultivation, which primarily uses traditional cane structures (“’u pagliaru”) and respects sustainable principles. It unites several growers from Polizzi Generosa, including some young people who have decided to dedicate themselves to farming in one of the most beautiful spots in the Madonie mountains.

Production area
Polizzi Generosa Municipality, Palermo Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Regional Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Palermo Province
Roberta Billitteri
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Contrada Fiumesecco
Tel. +39 340 5624176
ro.billitteri@libero.it

Giovanni Faletra
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Contrada San Nicola
Tel. +39 335 7772269
gfaletra@easyint.it

Antonino Giacomarra
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Cont +39 rada San Nicola
Tel. 328 6128248
antonino.giacomarra@gmail.com

Salvatore Glorioso
Monreale (Pa)
Via Acquino, 10
Tel. +39 339 1726338
sglorioso@alice.it

Francesco Mangialino
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Via Garibaldi, 104
Tel. +39 328 4841567
fra.mangialino@libero.it

Fabio Maria Montagnino
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Contrada San Nicola
Tel. +39 335 7564744
fmontagnino@gmail.com

Maria Concetta Muratore
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Località Cuca-Mulini
Tel. +39 0921 688176
agriturismocuca@alice.it

Grazia Sandra Invidiata
Collesano (Pa)
Contrada Santa Anastasia
Tel. +39 0921 661536 - 328 4723440
inv.sandra@inwind.it

Antonino Sausa
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
C/da Suvarito
tel. 328 0389249 - nino.sausa@libero.it

Francesco Giampapa
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
C/da Mantonica
tel. 320 688335 - giampapafrancesco@live.it

Francesca D'Ippolito
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
C/da Fiumesecco
tel. 388 8599127 - sausa.mario@alice.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Roberta Billitteri
tel. +39 340 5624176
ro.billitteri@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Anna Virga
tel. +39 340 9049741
annavirga@virgilio.it
The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the Badda bean and expand its cultivation, which primarily uses traditional cane structures (“’u pagliaru”) and respects sustainable principles. It unites several growers from Polizzi Generosa, including some young people who have decided to dedicate themselves to farming in one of the most beautiful spots in the Madonie mountains.

Production area
Polizzi Generosa Municipality, Palermo Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Regional Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Palermo Province
Roberta Billitteri
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Contrada Fiumesecco
Tel. +39 340 5624176
ro.billitteri@libero.it

Giovanni Faletra
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Contrada San Nicola
Tel. +39 335 7772269
gfaletra@easyint.it

Antonino Giacomarra
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Cont +39 rada San Nicola
Tel. 328 6128248
antonino.giacomarra@gmail.com

Salvatore Glorioso
Monreale (Pa)
Via Acquino, 10
Tel. +39 339 1726338
sglorioso@alice.it

Francesco Mangialino
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Via Garibaldi, 104
Tel. +39 328 4841567
fra.mangialino@libero.it

Fabio Maria Montagnino
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Contrada San Nicola
Tel. +39 335 7564744
fmontagnino@gmail.com

Maria Concetta Muratore
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
Località Cuca-Mulini
Tel. +39 0921 688176
agriturismocuca@alice.it

Grazia Sandra Invidiata
Collesano (Pa)
Contrada Santa Anastasia
Tel. +39 0921 661536 - 328 4723440
inv.sandra@inwind.it

Antonino Sausa
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
C/da Suvarito
tel. 328 0389249 - nino.sausa@libero.it

Francesco Giampapa
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
C/da Mantonica
tel. 320 688335 - giampapafrancesco@live.it

Francesca D'Ippolito
Polizzi Generosa (Pa)
C/da Fiumesecco
tel. 388 8599127 - sausa.mario@alice.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Roberta Billitteri
tel. +39 340 5624176
ro.billitteri@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Anna Virga
tel. +39 340 9049741
annavirga@virgilio.it