Vairano Giant Lupin Bean

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Vairano Giant Lupin Bean

Vairano lupin, Vairano giant and lupinaccio: these are the other names by which the Vairano giant lupin bean is known, unique for its large size. Ancient traditional production – today abandoned and substituted by more profitable crops – favors acidic soil, and for this reason the Vairano area, of volcanic origin, lying at the border between Campania and Lazio, has long been adapted to this cultivation.
The plant reaches a 1.5 meters in height, its flowers are white and its leaves an intense green. The fruit is a long, flat, curved legume, 1.5 centimeters in diameter and beige in color, which can contain up to six seeds.
Sown in October and November, the lupin flowers from mid-May until the end of June and prefers high temperatures: The higher the temperature, the more abundant the flowers, the greater the number of pods. It is harvested in July, shortly before it fully ripens; the plants are cut or uprooted and then left in the field to finish drying. Threshing then takes place, historically in the early hours of the morning to avoid the opening of the pods caused by heat.
Once gathered, the pods are beaten and the seeds are gathered, cleaned and selected. To become edible they must be soaked in cold water for 24 hours, blanched for two minutes, and finally immersed in brine for three days. In the past they were collected in big sacks and submerged in the Volturno river for several weeks. The lupin bean makes a great snack or appetizer and is delicious eaten with olives or pumpkin seeds.

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Season

Lupino is harvested in July,available all year round dried

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Today the lupin bean is imported, in particular from countries such as India and Australia, and its cultivation in the province of Caserta is no longer profitable. Nevertheless, two producers have saved its seeds and the production of this indigenous variety.
The Vairano Giant Lupin Bean Presidium – together with the Presidia for the Alife onion and the Caiazzana olive – was established as part of the project “Presidio della Biodiversità dell'Alto Casertano,” organized by Slow Food Campania and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity to promote the most interesting products in the areas of GAL Alto Casertano (which include the macro areas of Monte Matese, Monte Maggiore and Monte Santa Croce). The aim is to promote the lupin bean, distributing the seeds to new farmers and recovering fertile but abandoned and uncultivated agricultural land.

Production area
Vairano Patenora, Tora e Piccilli, Pietravairano, Caianello and Teano municipalities, Caserta province

Presidium supported by
Gal Alto Casertano

Terre Balletta di Maria Teresa Balletta
Vairano Patenora (Ce)
Via Pizzomonte
tel. 338 7688486 – 339 8667907
terreballetta@hotmail.com

Rosalba Bianco
Pietravairano (Ce)
Via Lagoscello 1
tel. +39 333 3862078
mic77pan@libero.it

Francesco Del Sesto
Pietravairano (Ce)
Via Castagneto, 1/b
tel. +39 0823 644357 - 331 3738873
crescenzodelsesto@libero.it

Antonietta Palumbo
Vairano Patenora (Ce)
Via Marconi, 9
tel. +39 0823 988716
marioparente@virgilio.it

Il lupino gigante di Vairano viene trasformato da

Verticelli di Mario Parente
Vairano Patenora (Ce)
Via Marconi, 9
tel. +39 0823 988716 - 335 1342254
infoagricolaverticelli@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Anna Zeppetella
tel. +39 349 0540760
delsezep@libero.it

Producer Presidium Coordinator
Mario Parente
tel. +39 0823 988716 - 335 1342254
infoagricolaverticelli@gmail.com
Today the lupin bean is imported, in particular from countries such as India and Australia, and its cultivation in the province of Caserta is no longer profitable. Nevertheless, two producers have saved its seeds and the production of this indigenous variety.
The Vairano Giant Lupin Bean Presidium – together with the Presidia for the Alife onion and the Caiazzana olive – was established as part of the project “Presidio della Biodiversità dell'Alto Casertano,” organized by Slow Food Campania and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity to promote the most interesting products in the areas of GAL Alto Casertano (which include the macro areas of Monte Matese, Monte Maggiore and Monte Santa Croce). The aim is to promote the lupin bean, distributing the seeds to new farmers and recovering fertile but abandoned and uncultivated agricultural land.

Production area
Vairano Patenora, Tora e Piccilli, Pietravairano, Caianello and Teano municipalities, Caserta province

Presidium supported by
Gal Alto Casertano

Terre Balletta di Maria Teresa Balletta
Vairano Patenora (Ce)
Via Pizzomonte
tel. 338 7688486 – 339 8667907
terreballetta@hotmail.com

Rosalba Bianco
Pietravairano (Ce)
Via Lagoscello 1
tel. +39 333 3862078
mic77pan@libero.it

Francesco Del Sesto
Pietravairano (Ce)
Via Castagneto, 1/b
tel. +39 0823 644357 - 331 3738873
crescenzodelsesto@libero.it

Antonietta Palumbo
Vairano Patenora (Ce)
Via Marconi, 9
tel. +39 0823 988716
marioparente@virgilio.it

Il lupino gigante di Vairano viene trasformato da

Verticelli di Mario Parente
Vairano Patenora (Ce)
Via Marconi, 9
tel. +39 0823 988716 - 335 1342254
infoagricolaverticelli@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Anna Zeppetella
tel. +39 349 0540760
delsezep@libero.it

Producer Presidium Coordinator
Mario Parente
tel. +39 0823 988716 - 335 1342254
infoagricolaverticelli@gmail.com

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StateItaly
RegionCampania

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