The valley and its fine fruits
The land of the Turano Valley is a continuous gastronomic discovery. Not only for the typical products, the result of skilful work of expert hands that let the traditions of the past live even to our palate. In the villages the peasants still skillfully work the land that offers unique specialties.
One of these is the “Phaseolus vulgaris” known as “Fagiolo a pisello” (pea bean) in the areas on the slopes of the Turano Lake . The cultivation takes place at about 900 meters above sea level on calcareous, clayey-sandy soils, whose surface does not reach one hectare and that are located on a steep slope. Local farmers prepare the land at the end of winter and then sow between May and June. The flowering takes place between mid-August and early September and the maturation of the seed between mid-September and mid-October with consequent manual harvesting and ginning of the pods. The plant is a climbing plant that can reach up to 3 meters in height by climbing along the support poles specially positioned to favor their development. The “Fagiolo a pisello”, whitish in color, has a round shape, a delicate taste, a pasty consistency and a very thin skin that is resistant to cooking and remains adherent to the seed. It lends itself to preparations such as soups and salads and goes well with stewed meats.
Among the locals it is said that this legume arrived here at the beginning of the twentieth century, brought by “Adelina” who, traveling to South America, came back with a bag of small white beans coming from a market in a country on the slopes of Andes. Others say that Adelina had instead emigrated to Brazil with her husband and when she came back to Colle di Tora, the village where the cultivation of the legume began, she brought beans as a souvenir.
And every year in Colle di Tora there is the “Fagiolo a pisello” Festival, which has reached its XXVI edition this year. An opportunity to taste typical local products and of course the most varied preparations based on the famous legume typical of the Turano Valley. There will be stands where you can buy delights and more, and there will be music and festivities for a perfect folklore.