Vara Valley Black Cock

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Liguria

Breeds and animal husbandry

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Vara Valley Black Cock

This large black breed was selected at the end of the 1920s by the provincial poultry center in Genoa, but all but disappeared following the Second World War. One of the reasons for its abandonment was undoubtedly its size, which is completely unsuited to the consumption habits of modern families. The majestic breed has pure black silky plumage with metallic green highlights, and a large, bright-red single crest with five points. The birds roam freely and feed on grains, garden trimmings, grass and insects. Thanks to their natural diet, supplemented by their grazing, the quality of the firm and flavorful meat is excellent.

Season

Available from November until February.

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Though poultry breeds normally require around four months of farming, the black cock reaches its ideal weight—over 3 kilos—only after 10 months. The birds must also be sold at a truly profitable price. The primary objective of the Presidium is to create a stable demand, so that farmers can make investments and enlarge their coops.

Production area
Vara Valley, La Spezia Province

Presidium supported by
Sea and Land of Liguria project – Carige Foundation
Farmers
Walter Filattiera
Via Riva d’Armi, 23
Brugnato (Sp)
Tel. +39 338 9998561
walter.filattiera@libero.it

Il Pellegrino
di Jutta Jirovec
Località Pelosa, 201
Varese Ligure (Sp)
Tel. +39 328 7473502
info@ilpellegrino.eu
www.ilpellegrino.eu

Predavalle
di Luca Benatello
Località Predavalle, 1
Rocchetta di Vara (Sp)
Tel. +39 338 2052089
lucabenatello@virgilio.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Silvano Zaccone
Tel. +39 347 4657039
zacconesilvano@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinators
Giovanna Simonelli
tel. +39 349 8181269
giovannasimonelli@gmail.com

Luca Benatello
tel. +39 338 2052089
Though poultry breeds normally require around four months of farming, the black cock reaches its ideal weight—over 3 kilos—only after 10 months. The birds must also be sold at a truly profitable price. The primary objective of the Presidium is to create a stable demand, so that farmers can make investments and enlarge their coops.

Production area
Vara Valley, La Spezia Province

Presidium supported by
Sea and Land of Liguria project – Carige Foundation
Farmers
Walter Filattiera
Via Riva d’Armi, 23
Brugnato (Sp)
Tel. +39 338 9998561
walter.filattiera@libero.it

Il Pellegrino
di Jutta Jirovec
Località Pelosa, 201
Varese Ligure (Sp)
Tel. +39 328 7473502
info@ilpellegrino.eu
www.ilpellegrino.eu

Predavalle
di Luca Benatello
Località Predavalle, 1
Rocchetta di Vara (Sp)
Tel. +39 338 2052089
lucabenatello@virgilio.it
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Silvano Zaccone
Tel. +39 347 4657039
zacconesilvano@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinators
Giovanna Simonelli
tel. +39 349 8181269
giovannasimonelli@gmail.com

Luca Benatello
tel. +39 338 2052089

Territory

StateItaly
RegionLiguria

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CategoriesBreeds and animal husbandry