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Atina Navy Bean

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This typical bean of Phaseolus vulgaris species is kidney-shaped, opaque white and 1 cm long. It’s typical of this very part of Lazio Region. It has been appreciated throughout the centuries, and it’s still cultivated as in the past.
Ripe pods are harvested, then shelled by hand-beating, sorted and stored in canvas sacks.
These Navy Beans are produced in flood and valley plains, next to Melfa River and Mollarino Creek. The most unique taste of these beans comes from many different factors like, soil, water, microclimate, perfectly adapted seeds, and the total lack of harmful industrial pesticides and herbicides.
Therefore, these thin beans also prove extremely delicate in taste after cooking. The Atina Navy Beans have been acknowledged with D.O.P. (protected denomination of origin) certification since August 5, 2010.
They can be cultivated only in few districts of Atina, namely Settignano, Oboca, Sacco, Sabina, S. Marciano and Case di Melfa, Villa Latina (Saccoccia), Picinisco (Di Vito e Immoglie), Casalvieri (Guagno, Casal Delle Mole e Plauto), Casalattico (S. Nazzario e S. Gennaro), Gallinaro (Rosanisco), all in the Province of Frosinone. The Chamber of Commerce of Frosinone constantly monitors the production of these beans.

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