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Santo Stefano di Sessanio Lentil - Presì Slow Food
 

Santo Stefano di Sessanio Lentil

Abruzzo

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.

Seasonality

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
Mario Ciarrocca
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
via D'Annunzio, 12
tel. +39 +39 349 3901153

Rosa Ciarrocca
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
via Benedetta, 5
tel. +39 +39 0862 89679 – +39 335 6529016
lucacucchiella@gmail.com

Ventidio Ciarrocca
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
piazza Medicea, 13
tel. +39 +39 338 8996070 - +39 339 6338959

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

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

Antonio D'Aloisio
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
via Cesare Battisti, 2
tel. +39 +39 346 3525092
sindaco@santostefanodisessanio.aq.it

Silvan Fulgenzi
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
via delle Aie, 18
tel. +39 +39 340 4819763

Alessandra Gentile
Calascio (Aq)
via Plaia, 18
tel. +39 +39 377 1290446

Pina di Mara Iannessa
Castelvecchio Calvisio (Aq)
via delle Vigne, 1
tel. +39 +39 0862 930321
+39 333 3800999
pinaagricola@piao.it

Marco Matergia
Barisciano (Aq)
via Provinciale, 145
tel. +39 +39 0862 89335
+39 331 2853075

Giulio Petronio
Castel del Monte (Aq)
piazzale del Lago, 2
tel. +39 +39 0862 938107
+39 333 5814030
bioformaggi.gransasso@gmail.com

Carmine Ranieri
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
via D'Annunzio
tel. +39 +39 0862 89448
+39 349 8860877
raniericarmine@hotmail.it

Sapori di Campagna
di Silvia di Battista
S. Stefano di Sessanio (Aq)
via Benedetta, 3
tel. +39 +39 0862 954253
+39 347 6995264
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Alessio Di Battista
Tel. +39 0862 954253 - 347 6995264
info@saporidicampagna.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Silvia De Paulis
Tel. +39 0862 60521
silviadepaulis@gransassolagapark.it

 


 
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