Sorana Bean

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Sorana Bean

Pearly white, small and with a very thin skin, these beans are grown in small plots on a few hectares along the Pescia River. The land was drained by the Medici between the 16th and 17th centuries. The local farmers, who have been passing down the seeds through the generations for centuries, say that the same beans are not as good when grown in different soil. Called Piattellini because of their flat (“piatto”) and squashed shape, they are flavorful and easy to digest. The beans feature in various recipes, but the best way to try them is cooked simply in with water, a clove of garlic and some sage leaves.

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Season

The beans are picked from August to September, and once dried they are available year-round.

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Annual production is very low and Pescia’s inhabitants know exactly how much land is dedicated to growing the beans. So they know it is impossible that all the beans sold as “Sorana” outside the area are actually from the town. To protect themselves, the Presidium producers have drawn up a production protocol that specifies the production area, regulates the agricultural process and ensures the bags of beans are correctly identified.

Production area
Pescia Valley, Pescia Municipality, Pistoia Province

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Pescia, Pistoian Apennines Mountain Community, Pistoia Mountains and Valleys Consortium
I produttori sono riuniti nell’associazione
Il Ghiareto
Sorana (Pt)
Via del Pozzo 2
Tel. +39 0572 407055
info@fagiolodisorana.org

Mauro Bernocchi
Sorana (Pt)
Via Ponte di Sorana, 3
Tel. +39 328 5505389
mrbernocchi@gmail.com

Terre di Verzo di Francesco Bimbi
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via del Groggio 4
Tel. +39 334 7609880
frabim@gmail.com

Rita Chelini
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Viepori 18
Tel. +39 331 9464157
ritachelini@hotmail.it

Cooperativa Il Castagno
Sorana (Pt)
Via di Sorana
Tel. +39 366 7098487
info@cooperativailcastagno.it

Il Vecchio Ospitale di Roberto Dingacci
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Ponte di Sorana, 39
Tel. +39 338 4212045
robertodingacci@hotmail.it

Cristiano Giuliani
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Ponte di Sorana, 17
Tel. +39 331 2084700
giuliani.eva@gmail.com

Alfio Marchini
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Ponte di Sorana
Tel. +39 335 6858725
marchiniabeti@gmail.com

Pier Carlo Sansoni
Sorana (Pt)
Via di Sorana 8
Tel. +39 338 7000563

Terre di Cocomo di Sara Viti
Buggiano (Pt)
Via Falciano 33
Tel. +39 333 1616795
info@terredicocomo.it


Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Del Pistoia
tel. 329 7399748
marcodelpt@gmail.com
Annual production is very low and Pescia’s inhabitants know exactly how much land is dedicated to growing the beans. So they know it is impossible that all the beans sold as “Sorana” outside the area are actually from the town. To protect themselves, the Presidium producers have drawn up a production protocol that specifies the production area, regulates the agricultural process and ensures the bags of beans are correctly identified.

Production area
Pescia Valley, Pescia Municipality, Pistoia Province

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Pescia, Pistoian Apennines Mountain Community, Pistoia Mountains and Valleys Consortium
I produttori sono riuniti nell’associazione
Il Ghiareto
Sorana (Pt)
Via del Pozzo 2
Tel. +39 0572 407055
info@fagiolodisorana.org

Mauro Bernocchi
Sorana (Pt)
Via Ponte di Sorana, 3
Tel. +39 328 5505389
mrbernocchi@gmail.com

Terre di Verzo di Francesco Bimbi
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via del Groggio 4
Tel. +39 334 7609880
frabim@gmail.com

Rita Chelini
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Viepori 18
Tel. +39 331 9464157
ritachelini@hotmail.it

Cooperativa Il Castagno
Sorana (Pt)
Via di Sorana
Tel. +39 366 7098487
info@cooperativailcastagno.it

Il Vecchio Ospitale di Roberto Dingacci
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Ponte di Sorana, 39
Tel. +39 338 4212045
robertodingacci@hotmail.it

Cristiano Giuliani
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Ponte di Sorana, 17
Tel. +39 331 2084700
giuliani.eva@gmail.com

Alfio Marchini
Pescia (Pt)
Castelvecchio
Via Ponte di Sorana
Tel. +39 335 6858725
marchiniabeti@gmail.com

Pier Carlo Sansoni
Sorana (Pt)
Via di Sorana 8
Tel. +39 338 7000563

Terre di Cocomo di Sara Viti
Buggiano (Pt)
Via Falciano 33
Tel. +39 333 1616795
info@terredicocomo.it


Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Del Pistoia
tel. 329 7399748
marcodelpt@gmail.com

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StateItaly
RegionTuscany

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CategoriesLegumes