Scicli Cosaruciaru Bean

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Sicily

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Scicli Cosaruciaru Bean

Cosaruciaru in Sicilian means “sweet thing,” and in fact the sweetness of Scicli beans is one of their distinguishing features, as well as their characteristic color and thin skin. The Cosaruciaru is a creamy white cannellini-type bean, with a reddish-brown spot around the hilum. The seeds of this ecotype have been passed down through the generations within Scicli families, many of whom made their living growing early produce in greenhouses, a characteristic of the rich local agricultural economy.
Until the 1950s this bean was grown in the damp, alluvial soil near the Modica-Scicli River, in what were known as cannavate. The growers, called ciumarari after ciume, the dialect word for river, sold the beans in the town’s shop

Season

The beans are harvested from the middle of October to the middle of November, but can be found dried year-round.

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With the switch to greenhouses, the beans became an increasingly marginal crop, mostly grown for home consumption. Currently they are grown by a dozen farmers, mostly elderly, in small vegetable plots. With the Presidium, Slow Food wants to unite all the producers into an association and preserve this small example of local biodiversity, seeking also to involve younger growers.

Production area
Scicli Municipality, Ragusa Province

Presidium supported by
Sicily Regional Authority’s Agriculture and Food Department

Giovanni Parisi
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Carcarazzo
Via dei Persiani, 29
Tel. 329 2165070
azparisi@gmail.com

Bartolomeo Piccione
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Palmentella
Via Goldoni, 2
Tel. 0932 931291
0932 851359
bpiccione.palmentella@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giovanni Parisi
Tel. 329 2165070
azparisi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giorgio Battaglia
3661414665
giobattt@tiscali.it
With the switch to greenhouses, the beans became an increasingly marginal crop, mostly grown for home consumption. Currently they are grown by a dozen farmers, mostly elderly, in small vegetable plots. With the Presidium, Slow Food wants to unite all the producers into an association and preserve this small example of local biodiversity, seeking also to involve younger growers.

Production area
Scicli Municipality, Ragusa Province

Presidium supported by
Sicily Regional Authority’s Agriculture and Food Department

Giovanni Parisi
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Carcarazzo
Via dei Persiani, 29
Tel. 329 2165070
azparisi@gmail.com

Bartolomeo Piccione
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Palmentella
Via Goldoni, 2
Tel. 0932 931291
0932 851359
bpiccione.palmentella@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giovanni Parisi
Tel. 329 2165070
azparisi@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giorgio Battaglia
3661414665
giobattt@tiscali.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily

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CategoriesLegumes