Vessalico Garlic

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.

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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

Presidium supported by
Upper Arroscia Valley Mountain Community, Province of Imperia

‘A Resta
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari 15
tel. +39 340 3379332
info@vessaglio.it
www.vessaglio.it

Aldo Anfosso
Prelà (Im)
Piazza Umberto I, 12
aldo.anfosso@regione.liguria.it

Giovanni Balestrino
Pieve di Teco (Im)
Frazione Trovasta
Località Case Sottane
info@giovannibalestrino.com

Franco Cha
Aquila d'Arroscia (Im)
Borgata Montà
tel. +39 349 5861829-339 3027954

Rita Floccia
Mendatica (Im)
Via Case Sparse, 1
tel. +39 347 9012343

Alberto Marini
Aquila d'Arroscia (Im)
Via Canto, 9
tel. +39 340 3379332
info@vessaglio.it

Roberto Marini
Aquila d'Arroscia (Im)
Borgata Canto, 9
tel. +39 338 6710534
roberto48@libero.it

Rossella Ruggeri
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari, 9
tel. +39 0183 31227-339 8646723

Marco Sasso
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari, 15
tel. +39 338 6509646

Pierluigi Zunino
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari, 9
tel. +39 339 2462218

Agriturismo Uga Murella
di Roberto Gualdesi
Borghetto D'Arroscia (Im)
Frazione Gavenola
Via Baldoini, 7
tel. +39 348 0367568 - 327 2905801
info@ugamurella.it
www.ugamurella.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Roberto Marini
Tel. +39 338 6710534
roberto48@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Daniela Di Forti
tel. 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

Presidium supported by
Upper Arroscia Valley Mountain Community, Province of Imperia

‘A Resta
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari 15
tel. +39 340 3379332
info@vessaglio.it
www.vessaglio.it

Aldo Anfosso
Prelà (Im)
Piazza Umberto I, 12
aldo.anfosso@regione.liguria.it

Giovanni Balestrino
Pieve di Teco (Im)
Frazione Trovasta
Località Case Sottane
info@giovannibalestrino.com

Franco Cha
Aquila d'Arroscia (Im)
Borgata Montà
tel. +39 349 5861829-339 3027954

Rita Floccia
Mendatica (Im)
Via Case Sparse, 1
tel. +39 347 9012343

Alberto Marini
Aquila d'Arroscia (Im)
Via Canto, 9
tel. +39 340 3379332
info@vessaglio.it

Roberto Marini
Aquila d'Arroscia (Im)
Borgata Canto, 9
tel. +39 338 6710534
roberto48@libero.it

Rossella Ruggeri
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari, 9
tel. +39 0183 31227-339 8646723

Marco Sasso
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari, 15
tel. +39 338 6509646

Pierluigi Zunino
Vessalico (Im)
Frazione Lenzari, 9
tel. +39 339 2462218

Agriturismo Uga Murella
di Roberto Gualdesi
Borghetto D'Arroscia (Im)
Frazione Gavenola
Via Baldoini, 7
tel. +39 348 0367568 - 327 2905801
info@ugamurella.it
www.ugamurella.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Roberto Marini
Tel. +39 338 6710534
roberto48@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Daniela Di Forti
tel. 333 3144124
peterdani@libero.it



Territory

StateItaly
RegionLiguria