Scicli Cosaruciaru Bean

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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

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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

Francesco Arrabito
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Gurgazzi
Tel. +39 339 8645033

Francesco Causarano
Scicli (Rg)
Via Valdo, 76
Tel. +39 393 1790974
causaranofrancesco@hotmail.it

Giovanni Donzella
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Sparviero
Via Pier Capponi, 9
Tel. +39 0932 850128
346 8795078
ndonzella@hotmail.it

Angelo Occhipinti
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Cancellieri
Via Gelso Bianco, 16
Tel. +39 338 4342120

Giovanni Occhipinti
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Corvo
Via Acero, 18
Tel. +39 334 1579604
333 4726424

Luigi Occhipinti
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Cancellieri
Via Scala, 43
Tel. +39 348 3438152

Giovanni Parisi
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Carcarazzo
Via dei Persiani, 29
Tel. +39 339 4212583
azparisi@gmail.com

Bartolomeo Piccione
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Palmentella
Via Goldoni, 2
Tel. +39 0932 931291
0932 851359
bpiccione.palmentella@gmail.com

Rosario Ventura
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Fondo Malta
Tel. +39 0932 842329
340 7194951 - 347 1339055

Conti Bartolomeo
Scicli (Rg)
Via Gagliardi, 1
Tel. +39 333 4618021
bartoloconti@hotmail.it

Giarrantini
di Pagano, Galfo e Bonincontro
Scicli (Rg)
Via Matera, 12
Tel. +39 338 5637376
giarrantini@hotmail.it

Costabarocca
Scicli (Rg)
Via Negrelli, 9
costabarocca@gmail.com
sandro.gambuzza@alice.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Bartolomeo Ferro
tel.+39 338 1185438
ferrobartolomeo@alice.it

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

Francesco Arrabito
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Gurgazzi
Tel. +39 339 8645033

Francesco Causarano
Scicli (Rg)
Via Valdo, 76
Tel. +39 393 1790974
causaranofrancesco@hotmail.it

Giovanni Donzella
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Sparviero
Via Pier Capponi, 9
Tel. +39 0932 850128
346 8795078
ndonzella@hotmail.it

Angelo Occhipinti
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Cancellieri
Via Gelso Bianco, 16
Tel. +39 338 4342120

Giovanni Occhipinti
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Corvo
Via Acero, 18
Tel. +39 334 1579604
333 4726424

Luigi Occhipinti
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Cancellieri
Via Scala, 43
Tel. +39 348 3438152

Giovanni Parisi
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Carcarazzo
Via dei Persiani, 29
Tel. +39 339 4212583
azparisi@gmail.com

Bartolomeo Piccione
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Palmentella
Via Goldoni, 2
Tel. +39 0932 931291
0932 851359
bpiccione.palmentella@gmail.com

Rosario Ventura
Scicli (Rg)
Contrada Fondo Malta
Tel. +39 0932 842329
340 7194951 - 347 1339055

Conti Bartolomeo
Scicli (Rg)
Via Gagliardi, 1
Tel. +39 333 4618021
bartoloconti@hotmail.it

Giarrantini
di Pagano, Galfo e Bonincontro
Scicli (Rg)
Via Matera, 12
Tel. +39 338 5637376
giarrantini@hotmail.it

Costabarocca
Scicli (Rg)
Via Negrelli, 9
costabarocca@gmail.com
sandro.gambuzza@alice.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Bartolomeo Ferro
tel.+39 338 1185438
ferrobartolomeo@alice.it

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

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StateItaly
RegionSicily

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