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Santo Stefano di Sessanio Lentil - Presì Slow Food

Santo Stefano di Sessanio Lentil


Just a few millimeters in diameter, these purplish-brown, spherical lentils are very flavorful. They grow only on the slopes of the Gran Sasso, at altitudes over 1,000 meters above sea level. Legumes, particularly lentils, have long been cultivated here, and are mentioned in monastic documents from 998 A.D. The climate, with long, harsh winters and short, cool springs, is ideal for the lentil plants. The plants mature at different times, but once cut, if they are left in the fields—collected in sheaves and covered with a cloth—the seeds continue to develop and eventually ripen. Harvesting is always carried out manually, as the fields are difficult to access with machinery, and mechanization would mean the loss of 30 to 40 percent of the yield.


Lentils are harvested in August, but consumed dried and available all year.
Yields, already limited, are diminishing every year. The Presidium has joined a project started by the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park and Abruzzo’s regional agency for agriculture development services (ARSSA), and has allowed all the producers to join together into an association that controls the harvest and labeling, protecting consumers against the fake Santo Stefano di Sessanio lentils found on the market.

Production area
Santo Stefano di Sessanio Municipality and neighboring Municipalities, L’Aquila Province

Presidium supported by
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park; L’Aquila Provincial Authority; Campo Imperatore-Piano di Navelli Mountain Community; Barisciano, Calascio, Castel del Monte, Castelvecchio Calvisio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio Municipalities
Ettore Ciarrocca
Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
Piazza Medicea, 13
Tel. +390862 89373
348 3309131

Mario Ciarrocca
Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
Via D’Annunzio, 12
Tel. +39 0862 89445
349 3901153

Rosa Ciarrocca
Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
Via Benedetta, 5
Tel. +39 0862 89679
335 6529016

Ernesto Ciuffini
Castelvecchio Calvisio (Aq)
Via della Mora, 9
Tel. +39 0862 930196
340 4747207

Anna D’Alessandro
Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
Via Roma, 48
Tel. +39 339 5735273

Silvan Fulgenzi
Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
Via delle Aie, 18
Tel. +39 340 4819763

Alessandra Gentile
Calascio (Aq)
Via Plaia, 18
Tel. +39 377 1290446

Pina di Mara Iannessa
Castelvecchio Calvisio (Aq)
Via delle Vigne, 1
Tel. +39 0862 930321
333 3800999

Marco Matergia
Barisciano (Aq)
Via Provinciale, 145
Tel. +39 0862 89335
331 2853075 - 334 1041133

Giulio Petronio
Castel del Monte (Aq)
Piazzale del Lago, 2
Tel. +39 0862 938107
333 5814030

Stefano Santavicca
Barisciano (Aq)
Via Aldo Moro, 2
Tel. +39 0862 89420 - 347 6040425

Sapori di Campagna
di Livia Di Battista
Ofena (Aq)
Strada provinciale delle Vigne, km 7,8
Tel. +39 0862 954253
347 6995264
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Ettore Ciarrocca, tel. +39 348 3309131

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Silvia De Paulis
Tel. +39 0862 60521


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