Sinni Valley Signora Pear

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Basilicata

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Sinni Valley Signora Pear

The cultivation of pears in the area of Metapontino, in the province of Matera, dates back to at least the 18th century and is mentioned in 19th century historical documents. Pears trees were once part of the distinctive landscape of this hilly region. Along the perimeters of the cereal fields, farmers would graft wild pear trees onto different pear ecotypes, and use the harvests to feed their families and animals. Local varieties, including Muscarelle, Muone, Lardere, Sciesciuu, Granete and San Giuvan, boast excellent sensory qualities. Until the 1950s, some varieties were sold through intermediaries as far away as Naples.
But the most interesting and widespread pear in the Sinni Vally area was the Signora o Signura. With its delicate aromas and texture, it is best eaten at the moment of harvest, and excellent dried or in syrups and jams. It is small in size, varying in weight from 35 to 60 grams; yellow in color with intense red specks when harvested which develop on the skin when overripe; white flesh; and is incredibly fragrant when ripe.

Season

The pear harvest starts in July, and continues progressively. Conserved, they are available all year round.

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The pears disappeared significantly from the agricultural areas of Metapontino with the mechanization of cereal cultivation. Cultivated fields became extended plots and the trees that lined the boundaries were felled to remove boundaries and obstacles to the movement of agricultural machinery. The areas dedicated to fruit instead now specialize in peaches and apricots. Only in marginal areas less affected by these phenomena have the farmers and shepherds continued to graft wild pears onto the local ecotype, the Signora pear, and the other varieties that have survived.
Today a Presidium aims to protect the remaining trees in the area and promote the launch of new cultivations of the Signora Pear, to provide an income to local agriculture through the promotion of traditional production and its transformation.

Production area
Nova Siri, Rotondella, Valsinni, San Giorgio Lucano, Tursi and Colobraro, Matera province

Presidium supported by
GAL COSVEL Srl

Watch the video realized by Arc2020
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks25M5lC4ok
Producers

Agrobio
di Rudy Marranchelli
Contrada Trisaia, B 49
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel. +39 328 1984943
agribio.matera@gmail.com
www.agrieducational.it

Teresa Bernardo
Contrada Murge, 1
Colobraro (Mt)
Tel. +39 340 6094660
bernardoteresa64@gmail.com

Domenico Di Matteo
Contrada Pianosa Santa Laura, 2
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel. +39 349 2889292-0835 1825549
dimatteodomenico@gmail.com

Concetta Cecilia La Rocca
Via Monte Coppola, 3
Policoro (Mt)
Tel. +39 339 1924866
concilarocca@hotmail.it
www.agrilarocca.wordpress.com

Alberto Manolio
Contrada Tascione, 1
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel.+39 338 3314224
alberto19manolio@libero.it

Masseria del Maresciallo
di Domenico Mele
Contrada Sorbaro, 2
Valsinni (Mt)
Tel. +39 320 0391357
agronomodomenicomele@gmail.com
www.masseriadelmaresciallo.it

Francesco Montemurro
Via Vittorio Veneto, 5
San Giorgio Lucano (Mt)
Tel. +39 347 7064663-0835 953501
montemurro.f@tiscali.it

Masseria Nivaldine
di Nicola Suriano
Contrada Trisaia zona Mortellito, 2
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel. +39 349 4249621
masserianivaldine@gmail.com

Il Pago
di Nicola Bianco
Contrada Trisaia Pantanello, 7
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel.+39 338 7878480-0835 848090
info@ilpago.euwww.ilpago.eu

Agricola Pitrelli
Via la Luna,2
Nova Siri (Mt)
Tel. +39 331 7477731
agricolapitrelli@libero.it
www.masseriagargaleo.com

Mario Truncellito
Contrada Santa Lucia
Nova Siri (Mt)
Tel. +39 333 5256748

Giuseppe Violante
Contrada Caprioforo
Nova Siri (Mt)
Tel. +39 338 6200724
peppe.violante2014@libero.it

Giuseppe Viviano
Località San Nicola, 6
Tursi (Mt)
Tel. +39 338 9509116
giuseppe_viviano@alice.it

Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Francesco Montemurro
tel. 3477064663
montemurro.f@tiscali.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Antonio Galotta
Tel. +39 349 5176791
agalotta@libero.it
The pears disappeared significantly from the agricultural areas of Metapontino with the mechanization of cereal cultivation. Cultivated fields became extended plots and the trees that lined the boundaries were felled to remove boundaries and obstacles to the movement of agricultural machinery. The areas dedicated to fruit instead now specialize in peaches and apricots. Only in marginal areas less affected by these phenomena have the farmers and shepherds continued to graft wild pears onto the local ecotype, the Signora pear, and the other varieties that have survived.
Today a Presidium aims to protect the remaining trees in the area and promote the launch of new cultivations of the Signora Pear, to provide an income to local agriculture through the promotion of traditional production and its transformation.

Production area
Nova Siri, Rotondella, Valsinni, San Giorgio Lucano, Tursi and Colobraro, Matera province

Presidium supported by
GAL COSVEL Srl

Watch the video realized by Arc2020
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks25M5lC4ok
Producers

Agrobio
di Rudy Marranchelli
Contrada Trisaia, B 49
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel. +39 328 1984943
agribio.matera@gmail.com
www.agrieducational.it

Teresa Bernardo
Contrada Murge, 1
Colobraro (Mt)
Tel. +39 340 6094660
bernardoteresa64@gmail.com

Domenico Di Matteo
Contrada Pianosa Santa Laura, 2
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel. +39 349 2889292-0835 1825549
dimatteodomenico@gmail.com

Concetta Cecilia La Rocca
Via Monte Coppola, 3
Policoro (Mt)
Tel. +39 339 1924866
concilarocca@hotmail.it
www.agrilarocca.wordpress.com

Alberto Manolio
Contrada Tascione, 1
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel.+39 338 3314224
alberto19manolio@libero.it

Masseria del Maresciallo
di Domenico Mele
Contrada Sorbaro, 2
Valsinni (Mt)
Tel. +39 320 0391357
agronomodomenicomele@gmail.com
www.masseriadelmaresciallo.it

Francesco Montemurro
Via Vittorio Veneto, 5
San Giorgio Lucano (Mt)
Tel. +39 347 7064663-0835 953501
montemurro.f@tiscali.it

Masseria Nivaldine
di Nicola Suriano
Contrada Trisaia zona Mortellito, 2
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel. +39 349 4249621
masserianivaldine@gmail.com

Il Pago
di Nicola Bianco
Contrada Trisaia Pantanello, 7
Rotondella (Mt)
Tel.+39 338 7878480-0835 848090
info@ilpago.euwww.ilpago.eu

Agricola Pitrelli
Via la Luna,2
Nova Siri (Mt)
Tel. +39 331 7477731
agricolapitrelli@libero.it
www.masseriagargaleo.com

Mario Truncellito
Contrada Santa Lucia
Nova Siri (Mt)
Tel. +39 333 5256748

Giuseppe Violante
Contrada Caprioforo
Nova Siri (Mt)
Tel. +39 338 6200724
peppe.violante2014@libero.it

Giuseppe Viviano
Località San Nicola, 6
Tursi (Mt)
Tel. +39 338 9509116
giuseppe_viviano@alice.it

Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Francesco Montemurro
tel. 3477064663
montemurro.f@tiscali.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Antonio Galotta
Tel. +39 349 5176791
agalotta@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionBasilicata