Rascino Lentil

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Rascino Lentil

The Rascino plateu is a large karst valley in the Cicolano region of Lazio, which is near Rieti, on the border with Abruzzo at 1,300 meters above sea level. As the area is largely unpopulated, it has remained isolated and uncontaminated, rich in wild plants (orchids in particular) and numerous animal populations (like wild wolves). There have only ever been two possible occupations in this zone: either sheep-herding or cultivating lentils, spelt, and biancòla, a local variety of wheat. Agriculture is encouraged by the presence of an important well-spring, the same that provides the water for the Peschiera aqueduct, one of the most important water sources for Rome. Cultivation takes place without the use of herbicides, synthetic chemical fertilizers, or pesticide treatments.
This plateau has always been a passage for herders during transhumance, when they take their herds from the mountain pastures to those in the Roman countryside. During this trip, tradition dictated that the herders take lentils with them to cultivate on the plateau in the summer. According to elderly locals, lentils were the best product to take, since they are easy to cultivate and conserve, and because they are very nutritious (and were often cooked in milk to feed people who were either weak or sick).
Rascino lentils have a small brown seed that is lightly speckled and with reddish hues. Cultivation begins in April, when the ground is free of snow and the plateau is once again accessible. Harvest usually takes place in August: the plants are cut and placed in rows, so called andane (or windrows), where they are left to dry before being threshed. After threshing, the lentils must once again be sun-dried either on a terrace or in private courtyards in the nearby town of Flamignano.

Season

The harvest takes place in August and the dried product is available all year round

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For centuries the Raschino lentils have been a fundamental resource for the inhabitants of the Cicolano area, but they have never been systematically sold. Local families have conserved the seeds, passing them along from generation to generation, and today some young people have teamed up with older farmers to create an association in support of this ancient variety of lentil. Various abandoned fields have been recovered: lands that are poor in organic matter and rich in limestone, perfect for lentils. The association’s goal is to promote the cultivation of and market for this product, while also managing the plateau more efficiently.

Production area
Rascino plain, Fiamignano municipality, Rieti province

Presidium supported by
Flamignano Municipality, Pro Loco Flamignano, VII° Mountain Community Salto Cicolano, Lazio Regional Authority, Arsial
Riccardo Fornari
Via Dell’Assunta, 21
Fiamignano (RI)
tel. 3458795827
info@leantichetterre.it
www.leanticheterre.it

Claudio Angelini
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Fiamignano, 17
tel. 0746 54781 - 348 5830028
ditta.angelini@libero.it

Enrica Barbonetti
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dei Quadri, 2

Bernardino Di Michele
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dell’Assunta, 2
tel. 0746 54622
dimiefia@libero.it

Vittorio Cianetti
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Collemazzolino, 110
tel. 328 0388375
vittorio.cianetti@gmail.com

Giuseppe Di Francescangelo
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Morroni ,24
tel. 0746 54280 - 347 5531962
sonjadf@tiscali.it

Giovanni Di Paolantonio
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dei Quadri 3
tel. 348 2849264
giovanni.dp@live.it

Antonio Di Paolantonio
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dei Quadri, 5
tel. 349 3005964
ds.domenico@tiscali.it

I Due Regni di Giuseppina Desideri
Petrella Salto (Ri)
frazione Oiano
via San Lorenzo
tel. 320 6807383

Roberto Fornara
Fiamignano (Ri)
Località Rascino
tel. 0746 521327 - 347 8483765
robertof53@tiscali.it

Luigi Giuliani
Fiamignano (Ri)
via XX Settembre, 46
tel. 3470450248
lucagiulian@libero.it

Riccardo Giuliani
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Veneto, 13
tel. 348 5822506

Giulio Morelli
Fiamignano (Ri)
frazione Collaralli
via XXIV Maggio, 5
tel. 0746 54354 - 347 9108839
morelli.costruzionimeccaniche@gmail.com

Emanuela Morgante
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Vittorio Veneto, 29
tel. 349 3412868
emanuelamorgante@hotmail.it

Giampaolo Micaloni
Petrella Salto (Ri)
via Regina Margherita, 99
tel. 347 8802708
tizianobuzzi92@gmail.com

Pierluigi Valentini
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via del Ponte
tel. 0746 54056 - 348 4615043

Pasquale Benedetti
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Trento, 6
tel. 0746 53104

Antonio Rossi
Fiamignano (Ri)
Frazione Marmosedio
Via San Lorenzo, 12
tel. 0746 53278 - 348 5659134
antonini.maria1953@gmail.com

Riccardo Adriani
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Roma
tel. 347 1845290
riccardoadriani@libero.it

Domenico Di Sabantonio
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via dei Quadri, 5
Tel. 347 5893971
ds.domenico@tiscali.it

Berardo Podiani
Fiamignano (Ri)
Marmosedio
Via San Lorenzo, 25
Tel. 347 7277755
valentinapodiani@hotmail.it

Antonio Cavallari
Rieti (Ri)
Tel. +39 3475988872
ancavallari@gmail.com

Marino Desideri
Borgorose (Ri)
Tel. 3475935916

Gianni Maria Rughetti
Via dei Cicoli, 11
Fiamignano (Ri)
Tel. 3389638101

Pro Loco Fiamignano
Rif. Bruno Creazzo
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Rascino, 10
Tel. 349 3102302
prolocofiamignano@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Andrea Cortese
tel. 331 2099444
andreacortese@hotmail.com

Slow Food Presidium prodcuers Coordinator
Valentina Croci
tel. 3482259926
valentina.croci@libero.it
For centuries the Raschino lentils have been a fundamental resource for the inhabitants of the Cicolano area, but they have never been systematically sold. Local families have conserved the seeds, passing them along from generation to generation, and today some young people have teamed up with older farmers to create an association in support of this ancient variety of lentil. Various abandoned fields have been recovered: lands that are poor in organic matter and rich in limestone, perfect for lentils. The association’s goal is to promote the cultivation of and market for this product, while also managing the plateau more efficiently.

Production area
Rascino plain, Fiamignano municipality, Rieti province

Presidium supported by
Flamignano Municipality, Pro Loco Flamignano, VII° Mountain Community Salto Cicolano, Lazio Regional Authority, Arsial
Riccardo Fornari
Via Dell’Assunta, 21
Fiamignano (RI)
tel. 3458795827
info@leantichetterre.it
www.leanticheterre.it

Claudio Angelini
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Fiamignano, 17
tel. 0746 54781 - 348 5830028
ditta.angelini@libero.it

Enrica Barbonetti
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dei Quadri, 2

Bernardino Di Michele
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dell’Assunta, 2
tel. 0746 54622
dimiefia@libero.it

Vittorio Cianetti
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Collemazzolino, 110
tel. 328 0388375
vittorio.cianetti@gmail.com

Giuseppe Di Francescangelo
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Morroni ,24
tel. 0746 54280 - 347 5531962
sonjadf@tiscali.it

Giovanni Di Paolantonio
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dei Quadri 3
tel. 348 2849264
giovanni.dp@live.it

Antonio Di Paolantonio
Fiamignano (Ri)
via Dei Quadri, 5
tel. 349 3005964
ds.domenico@tiscali.it

I Due Regni di Giuseppina Desideri
Petrella Salto (Ri)
frazione Oiano
via San Lorenzo
tel. 320 6807383

Roberto Fornara
Fiamignano (Ri)
Località Rascino
tel. 0746 521327 - 347 8483765
robertof53@tiscali.it

Luigi Giuliani
Fiamignano (Ri)
via XX Settembre, 46
tel. 3470450248
lucagiulian@libero.it

Riccardo Giuliani
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Veneto, 13
tel. 348 5822506

Giulio Morelli
Fiamignano (Ri)
frazione Collaralli
via XXIV Maggio, 5
tel. 0746 54354 - 347 9108839
morelli.costruzionimeccaniche@gmail.com

Emanuela Morgante
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Vittorio Veneto, 29
tel. 349 3412868
emanuelamorgante@hotmail.it

Giampaolo Micaloni
Petrella Salto (Ri)
via Regina Margherita, 99
tel. 347 8802708
tizianobuzzi92@gmail.com

Pierluigi Valentini
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via del Ponte
tel. 0746 54056 - 348 4615043

Pasquale Benedetti
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Trento, 6
tel. 0746 53104

Antonio Rossi
Fiamignano (Ri)
Frazione Marmosedio
Via San Lorenzo, 12
tel. 0746 53278 - 348 5659134
antonini.maria1953@gmail.com

Riccardo Adriani
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Roma
tel. 347 1845290
riccardoadriani@libero.it

Domenico Di Sabantonio
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via dei Quadri, 5
Tel. 347 5893971
ds.domenico@tiscali.it

Berardo Podiani
Fiamignano (Ri)
Marmosedio
Via San Lorenzo, 25
Tel. 347 7277755
valentinapodiani@hotmail.it

Antonio Cavallari
Rieti (Ri)
Tel. +39 3475988872
ancavallari@gmail.com

Marino Desideri
Borgorose (Ri)
Tel. 3475935916

Gianni Maria Rughetti
Via dei Cicoli, 11
Fiamignano (Ri)
Tel. 3389638101

Pro Loco Fiamignano
Rif. Bruno Creazzo
Fiamignano (Ri)
Via Rascino, 10
Tel. 349 3102302
prolocofiamignano@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Andrea Cortese
tel. 331 2099444
andreacortese@hotmail.com

Slow Food Presidium prodcuers Coordinator
Valentina Croci
tel. 3482259926
valentina.croci@libero.it

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StateItaly
RegionLazio

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