Zagarise Siccagno Tomatoes

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Calabria

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

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Zagarise Siccagno  Tomatoes

The Zagarise Siccagno cherry tomato is an ecotype that was selected thanks to the constant commitment of farmers in the hinterland of the Ionian belt, a territory with particular ecological conditions. Its was first cultivated on the Presila Catanzaro hills, in the midst of olive groves, and climbs up to 800 and even 1000 meters above sea level.
It is a small fruit (with an average weight of 60 grams), it has a rounded, smooth or slightly ribbed shape and an intense red colour. Thanks to the very limited amount of water in the fruit and its thick skin, it is excellent for being stored over winter. Before the end of the second world war period, the ecotypes of Seccagno (also called Siccagno or dried tomato), were very widespread, not only in Calabria and Sicily, but throughout Southern Italy up to Lazio: they were harvested as soon as they ripened and kept hanging in braids for all of winter.
The plants are less than one meter tall and, once the fruits form and reach a certain weight, they collapse on themselves. Recently, to facilitate the harvesting process, wooden supports have been used and become a widespread practice. Cultivation takes place using dry farming techniques, i.e., it does not require any irrigation. This is also the reason it requires a lot of manual work: to avoid the loss of water in the soil, the surface soil must be hoed very often.
The Zagarise Siccagno cherry tomato has an intense, sweet and sour taste, a lot of pulp and a high sugar content. It is eaten mostly fresh, in salads and sauces, or transformed into paste, peeled tomatoes, slices or dried tomatoes. When the productive season comes to an end, the fruits that will not ripen any further are harvested and used to prepare “u salaturu”, where tomatoes and green olives are pickled, other vegetables and aromas such as garlic and fennel are also added; each family has its own recipe.

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Due to its lower level of yield, this ecotype, over time, has been replaced with more productive varieties, based on choices that have favoured quantity over organoleptic quality and environmental sustainability. Very few farmers have kept it and, in the summer of 2022, after a strong push by the remaining farmers – who are all very young – and with the support of the Zagarise Municipal Administration, the Slow Food Presidium was born.
The goal is to support the work and commitment of a community of small producers to save and promote a product of great value for the local gastronomy and culture, but also the cultivation of a crop which has minimal environmental impact: this ecotype, in fact, does not need irrigation and does not require chemical treatments, because it is not very susceptible to diseases.

Production Area
Municipality of Zagarise, Sila National Park, Catanzaro

Technical Partner
Arssa – Regional Agency for Agricultural Development Services

Supported by
The Municipality of Zagarise

Producers

Giuseppina Faragò
Via della canonica, 41
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 339 2536526
Stellacatalano91@gmail.com

Giuliano Guercio
Via Milano, 1
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 338 4618062
giulianoguercio@hotmail.it

Maria Raimondo
II traversa Torino, 2
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 339 2769290
agricasaglia@virgilio.it
The company also produces processed


Nicola Scorza
Via Milano, 33
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 334 3836418
Nicolascorza10@gmail.com
Producers' contact person
Luigi Mangone
Tel. +39 339 4738120
Luigi.mangone91@gmail.com


Presidium Slow Food Representative
Giuseppe Caruso
Tel. 338 6612007
caruso_g@libero.it
Due to its lower level of yield, this ecotype, over time, has been replaced with more productive varieties, based on choices that have favoured quantity over organoleptic quality and environmental sustainability. Very few farmers have kept it and, in the summer of 2022, after a strong push by the remaining farmers – who are all very young – and with the support of the Zagarise Municipal Administration, the Slow Food Presidium was born.
The goal is to support the work and commitment of a community of small producers to save and promote a product of great value for the local gastronomy and culture, but also the cultivation of a crop which has minimal environmental impact: this ecotype, in fact, does not need irrigation and does not require chemical treatments, because it is not very susceptible to diseases.

Production Area
Municipality of Zagarise, Sila National Park, Catanzaro

Technical Partner
Arssa – Regional Agency for Agricultural Development Services

Supported by
The Municipality of Zagarise

Producers

Giuseppina Faragò
Via della canonica, 41
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 339 2536526
Stellacatalano91@gmail.com

Giuliano Guercio
Via Milano, 1
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 338 4618062
giulianoguercio@hotmail.it

Maria Raimondo
II traversa Torino, 2
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 339 2769290
agricasaglia@virgilio.it
The company also produces processed


Nicola Scorza
Via Milano, 33
Zagarise (Cz)
Tel. +39 334 3836418
Nicolascorza10@gmail.com
Producers' contact person
Luigi Mangone
Tel. +39 339 4738120
Luigi.mangone91@gmail.com


Presidium Slow Food Representative
Giuseppe Caruso
Tel. 338 6612007
caruso_g@libero.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionCalabria