Sciacca and Ribera Wild Strawberry

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Sicily

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Sciacca and Ribera Wild Strawberry

It seems that the tiny strawberries grown in this area near Agrigento are descended from plants brought to Sicily by veterans returning from the Great War. Sicilian soldiers must have collected wild plants from the undergrowth of some Alpine forest, then planted them in the fertile Sicilian soil. The wild strawberries survived and acclimatized well, evolving into a local ecotype that has spread around the Verdura Valley. Aromatic and highly scented, the tiny spherical berries are bright red in color. The Ribera wild strawberries have a relatively brief harvest season and can only be found fresh on the local market.

Season

The strawberries are picked from early April until the end of May

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The recent competition from remontant strawberries has practically wiped out the concept of early produce and reduced the plots of Ribera and Sciacca strawberries from 200 hectares in the 1970s to just 15 hectares today. The number of growers has also fallen: The wild strawberries are a supplementary crop grown by tiny businesses who employ only family members. The Presidium wants to raise the profile of this delicate and fragrant strawberry.

Production area:
Sciacca, Ribera, Caltabellotta and Menfi Municipalities, Agrigento Province

Producers

Associazione La Dea del Profumo
Via Filippo Turati, 24
Sciacca (Ag)
Tel. +39 327 9381030

The strawberries are turned into jam by:
Scyavuru
Contrada Castellana
Ribera (Ag)
Tel. +39 0925 63297
info@scyavuru.com
www.scyavuru.com
Referente dei produttori del Presidio
Michele Bono
Tel. +39 340 3417027
m.bono@regione.sicilia.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Angela Matina
Tel.+39 389 1184137
avv.angela.matina@alice.it

The recent competition from remontant strawberries has practically wiped out the concept of early produce and reduced the plots of Ribera and Sciacca strawberries from 200 hectares in the 1970s to just 15 hectares today. The number of growers has also fallen: The wild strawberries are a supplementary crop grown by tiny businesses who employ only family members. The Presidium wants to raise the profile of this delicate and fragrant strawberry.

Production area:
Sciacca, Ribera, Caltabellotta and Menfi Municipalities, Agrigento Province

Producers

Associazione La Dea del Profumo
Via Filippo Turati, 24
Sciacca (Ag)
Tel. +39 327 9381030

The strawberries are turned into jam by:
Scyavuru
Contrada Castellana
Ribera (Ag)
Tel. +39 0925 63297
info@scyavuru.com
www.scyavuru.com
Referente dei produttori del Presidio
Michele Bono
Tel. +39 340 3417027
m.bono@regione.sicilia.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Angela Matina
Tel.+39 389 1184137
avv.angela.matina@alice.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily