The Serra de’ Conti cicerchia is a tiny, irregularly shaped legume, ranging in color from gray to speckled pale brown. It has a tender skin and a less bitter flavor than other varieties. Already by the second half of the 20th century, few growers were still cultivating this humble but tasty legume, which had spread from its zone of origin to the rest of the Marche region. Eventually it was completely abandoned, leaving the market free to be dominated for years by the large, insipid versions produced by multinationals.
Harvest is at the end of July, but dry peas are available year-round.
Serra de’ Conti Municipality, Ancona Province
Presidium supported by
Marche Region Cultural, Tourism and Commercial Services
Cooperativa La Bona Usanza
Via Ceresani, 14
Serra de’Conti (An)
Tel. +39 334 3229360