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Biancoperla Corn - Presì Slow Food
 

Biancoperla Corn

Veneto

Veneto’s gastronomic history is closely tied to a single dish, polenta, commonly prepared with Marano corn. However, until the end of the Second World War, a white polenta was also often made. More highly regarded, it represented a division between the plains and the mountain foothills, where the hardier yellow corn was more suited to the agricultural and environmental conditions. The local white corn variety was Biancoperla, which has tapering, elongated cobs with large, bright, pearly-white kernels. The variety was most widely planted during the second half of the 19th century, and even in 1950 it still covered over 50,000 hectares of land.

Seasonality

The corn is picked from August to September but the cornmeal can be found year-round.

In the 1950s, the more productive, hybrid flour varieties replaced the open-pollinated varieties like Biancoperla, which had lower yields. However, some farmers continued to cultivate the white corn and pass down the seeds. The Presidium now wants to improve the quality of the cornmeal obtained from Biancoperla and to promote it to a larger number of consumers. Stone-grinding is particularly encouraged, as it exalts the product’s sensory qualities.

Production area
Treviso, Padua, Rovigo and Venice Provinces

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority
Istituto Statale di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore
Domenico Sartor
Castelfranco Veneto (Tv)
Via Postioma di Salvarosa, 28
tel. +39 e fax 0423 490615 - 721103
posta@istitutoagrariosartor.it
leonardo_gagliardo@lebarbarighe.it
www.istitutoagrariosartor.it

Istituto Superiore d'Istruzione Agraria Duca degli Abruzzi
Padova
Via Merlin, 1
tel. +39 049 8685455

Renato Ballan
Castelfranco Veneto (Tv)
Via San Giorgio, 105
tel. +39 0423 494219

Le Barbarighe
di Leonardo Gagliardo
S. Martino di Venezze (Ro)
Via Barbarighe, 1700
tel. +39 0425 99383
339 3676755
leonardo_gagliardo@lebarbarighe.it
www.lebarbarighe.it


Borgoluce
Susegana (Tv)
Località Musile, 2
tel. +39 0438 435287
348 3015510
info@borgoluce.it
www.borgoluce.it

Cenetae
Azienda dell' Istituto Diocesano per il Sostentamento del Clero di Vittorio Veneto
Vittorio Veneto (Tv)
Via Jacopo Stella, 34
tel. +39 0438 552043
348 3168303
commerciale@centae.it
www.cenetae.it

Francesco De' Tacchi
Grantortino di Gazzo
Padovano (Pd)
Via Garibaldi, 54
tel. +39 049 5995067 - 5995148
335 6088477
ufficio.commerciale@detacchi.it
www.detacchi.it

Giacinto Gazzola
Vedelago (Tv)
Via Colmello, 34
tel. +39 0423 400535

Lucia Paccagnella
Villafranca Padovana (Pd)
Via Scalona 18/A
tel. +39 049 6890420
340 4930737
paccagnella.lucia@gmail.com

Le Sorgenti
di Costantino Sommariva
Godega di S. Urbano (Tv)
Via S. Marco, 15
tel. +39 0438 783271 - 345 1052139

Tenuta Ca' Tron
Roncade (Tv)
frazione Ca' Tron
via Boschi, 12
tel. +39 0422 1848300
catron@fondazione_cassamarca.it

Tenuta Civranetta
di Guido Fidora
Cona (Ve)
Pegolotte di Cona
via Civran
tel. +39 0426 509136
339 1893457
fidora@libero.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Renato Ballan
Tel. +39 346 3797959
mais@biancoperla.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Danilo Gasparini
Tel. +39 0423 987949
riccardo.gas@gmail.com

 


 
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