Vessalico Garlic

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Liguria

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Vessalico Garlic

An ancient garlic variety is still grown in Vessalico, a tiny village in the upper Arroscia Valley. The garlic has survived thanks to the attention of the few growers who have continued to cultivate it in miniscule plots clinging to the mountain slopes, passing the bulbs down through the generations along with the traditional cultivation and braiding techniques. The garlic heads are not cut from the plants, nor trimmed of their roots, but woven into long braids called “reste”. Vessalico garlic has a delicate aroma and an intense, slightly piquant flavor. For at least the past two centuries, it has been celebrated during a famous festival, held every year on July 2 in the Prato dei Canavai in the village.

Season

Harvest occurs after June 20 and the dried bulbs can be kept until March.

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The Presidium gathers together a small group of producers, united in the ’A Resta cooperative, who use a brand to identify their Vessalico garlic as authentic. Working with the cooperative, the Presidium aims to promote the garlic’s distinctive features outside the small area where it is already appreciated and sought after.

Production area
Arroscia Valley, Imperia Province

The Presidium producers are united in the Società Cooperativa Agricola A Resta.
Frazione Lenzari, 15
Vessalico (Im)
Tel. +39 335 6079126
info@vessaglio.it
www.vessaglio.it

Produttori
Giovanni Balestrino
Via delle Costanze, 6
Pietra Ligure (Sv)
Tel. +39 335 6400033
giovannibalestrino@gmail.com

Franco Cha
Borgata Montà, 4
Aquila D’arroscia (Im)
Tel.+39 339 3027954
nik72@live.it

Paola Ferrari
Via San Bernardo, 37
Mendatica (Im)
Tel.+39 346 2178312
paolamendatica@gmail.com

Alberto Marini
Via Canto, 9
Aquila D’arroscia (Im)
Tel. +39 335 607912
6info@vessaglio.it

Roberto Marini
Borgata Canto, 11
Aquila D’arroscia (Im)
Tel.+39 338 6710534
robertomarini48@gmail.com

Rossella Ruggeri
Frazione Lenzari, 9
Vessalico (Im)
Tel. +39 339 8646723
sellyrug@gmail.com

Marco Sasso
Frazione Lenzari, 15
Vessalico (Im)
Tel. +39 338 6509646
marcosasso60@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Roberto Marini
Tel. +39 338 6710534
roberto48@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Daniela Di Forti
Tel.+39 333 3144124
peterdani@libero.it



The Presidium gathers together a small group of producers, united in the ’A Resta cooperative, who use a brand to identify their Vessalico garlic as authentic. Working with the cooperative, the Presidium aims to promote the garlic’s distinctive features outside the small area where it is already appreciated and sought after.

Production area
Arroscia Valley, Imperia Province

The Presidium producers are united in the Società Cooperativa Agricola A Resta.
Frazione Lenzari, 15
Vessalico (Im)
Tel. +39 335 6079126
info@vessaglio.it
www.vessaglio.it

Produttori
Giovanni Balestrino
Via delle Costanze, 6
Pietra Ligure (Sv)
Tel. +39 335 6400033
giovannibalestrino@gmail.com

Franco Cha
Borgata Montà, 4
Aquila D’arroscia (Im)
Tel.+39 339 3027954
nik72@live.it

Paola Ferrari
Via San Bernardo, 37
Mendatica (Im)
Tel.+39 346 2178312
paolamendatica@gmail.com

Alberto Marini
Via Canto, 9
Aquila D’arroscia (Im)
Tel. +39 335 607912
6info@vessaglio.it

Roberto Marini
Borgata Canto, 11
Aquila D’arroscia (Im)
Tel.+39 338 6710534
robertomarini48@gmail.com

Rossella Ruggeri
Frazione Lenzari, 9
Vessalico (Im)
Tel. +39 339 8646723
sellyrug@gmail.com

Marco Sasso
Frazione Lenzari, 15
Vessalico (Im)
Tel. +39 338 6509646
marcosasso60@gmail.com
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Roberto Marini
Tel. +39 338 6710534
roberto48@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Daniela Di Forti
Tel.+39 333 3144124
peterdani@libero.it



Territory

StateItaly
RegionLiguria