Tondino del Tavo Beans

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Abruzzo

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Tondino del Tavo Beans

The Tavo river is located in Abruzzo, it originates from the Apennine peak of Gran Sasso. It flows in the hilly areas between lush valleys. The soils of these areas – which are alluvial and made up of predominately sand and pebbles – have proved to be excellent for the cultivation of a specific variety of legume, which takes its name from the river and its spherical shape, the Tavo round bean. It is a rustic variety, that is capable of resisting the particular climate of this area: from one side the great massifs of Maiella and Gran Sasso provide shelter from the westerly winds, however the air currents from the south-west blow freely, including in particular the Garbino, a hot wind that can reach up to 100 km per hour, while the cold winds which originate in Siberia arrive from the north-east.
It is small and round like a pea, with a pearly white colour which ranges from milky white to ivory, the Tavo round bean has excellent nutritional properties and a very thin skin, which allows for it to be cooked faster and makes it easier to digest.
It is a late bean: which is traditionally sown in postarella format (multiple seeds planted per hole equal distances apart) in mid-June. Irrigation is essential during times of low rainfall, which coincide with the period of pod growth. Weeds are kept under control by means of weeding, which is carried out at the same time that the soil is prepared. Harvesting begins in the second half of October and is done manually and gradually. The dried pods are selected on the plant and left to dry in the sun to eliminate residual moisture. The shelling of the pods, which was historically carried out only by hand, also takes place using mechanical methods nowadays, which make the work easier. The beans are kept in jute bags, away from sources of light and heat.
The Tavo round bean can be enjoyed boiled and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil or in salads or as an ingredient in soups. It must be soaked in cold water overnight before it is cooked. It is common to combine it with pumpkin, which is harvested in the same period. It is also an excellent ingredient in sauces which accompany traditional hand-made pastas from Abruzzo, such as sagne or tacconelle.

Season

They are harvested in the second half of October. The dried beans can be found all year round.

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We can still enjoy this tasty bean thanks to the recovery work done by a restaurateur from Abruzzo, Domenico Speranza, who discovered it in the 1950s and began to recover the seeds. In fact, the farmers of the area had gradually replaced the Tavo round bean with the cheaper and faster-growing borlotti beans. After lengthy searches, he managed to find the seed which was still used by some of the families of the Tavo valley and thus began the rebirth of the Abruzzo legume.
The Presidium aims to accompany and support the recovery of this legume, involving more and more people in the project. The producers have adopted sustainable production procedures: the production guidelines prohibit chemical weeding and only allow fertilisation using matured manure. They also require crop rotations so that the soil will not be impoverished.

Production areas
Penne, Loreto Aprutino, Collecorvino and Cappelle Sul Tavo municipalities, in the province of Pescara.

Supported by
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

The Tavo Bean Presidium is financed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the General Directorate of the Tertiary Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility – notice n° 1/2018 “Slow Food in action: communities protagonists of change”, pursuant to Article 72 of the Tertiary Sector Code, referred to in Legislative Decree No. 117/2017
Producers

Diego Pasqualone
Contrada Sant’Angelo, 27
Penne (Pe)
Tel. +39 333 3773498
amministrazione@aziendagricolapasqualone.it
www.aziendagricolapasqualone.it

Carlo Passeri
Contrada Cartiera, 2
Loreto Aprutino (Pe)
Tel. +39 334 3658830
agri_tec@tiscali.it
Slow Food Coordinator
Tommaso Di Giacomo
Tel. +39 333 751 1547
tommaso66.digiacomo@gmail.com

Presidium producers’ Cooordinator
Carlo Passeri
Tel. +39 334 365 8830
carlitos181@libero.it
We can still enjoy this tasty bean thanks to the recovery work done by a restaurateur from Abruzzo, Domenico Speranza, who discovered it in the 1950s and began to recover the seeds. In fact, the farmers of the area had gradually replaced the Tavo round bean with the cheaper and faster-growing borlotti beans. After lengthy searches, he managed to find the seed which was still used by some of the families of the Tavo valley and thus began the rebirth of the Abruzzo legume.
The Presidium aims to accompany and support the recovery of this legume, involving more and more people in the project. The producers have adopted sustainable production procedures: the production guidelines prohibit chemical weeding and only allow fertilisation using matured manure. They also require crop rotations so that the soil will not be impoverished.

Production areas
Penne, Loreto Aprutino, Collecorvino and Cappelle Sul Tavo municipalities, in the province of Pescara.

Supported by
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

The Tavo Bean Presidium is financed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the General Directorate of the Tertiary Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility – notice n° 1/2018 “Slow Food in action: communities protagonists of change”, pursuant to Article 72 of the Tertiary Sector Code, referred to in Legislative Decree No. 117/2017
Producers

Diego Pasqualone
Contrada Sant’Angelo, 27
Penne (Pe)
Tel. +39 333 3773498
amministrazione@aziendagricolapasqualone.it
www.aziendagricolapasqualone.it

Carlo Passeri
Contrada Cartiera, 2
Loreto Aprutino (Pe)
Tel. +39 334 3658830
agri_tec@tiscali.it
Slow Food Coordinator
Tommaso Di Giacomo
Tel. +39 333 751 1547
tommaso66.digiacomo@gmail.com

Presidium producers’ Cooordinator
Carlo Passeri
Tel. +39 334 365 8830
carlitos181@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionAbruzzo

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CategoriesLegumes