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Pizzuto Chickpea

Chickpea is one of the first legumes cultivated in the eastern area of the Mediterranean. The varieties with small seeds and bent integument are more primitive than the ones with larger seeds and lighter color. In Navelli (L'Aquila), chickpeas coming from Spain were introduced in the early 19th century: they have gradually adapted to the territory varying their genotype and phenotype features.

Current Production Area in the Park: The territory interested by the presence of this ancient crop variety includes  Castelvecchio Calvisio, in the Province of L'Aquila.

Chickpea is a traditional agricultural product of Regione Abruzzo; this variety is mainly cultivated in the mountain and foothill areas. The seed is a microsperm, with a wrinkled integument and orange-brown color.

Product Availability: It is sown in April and harvested in August; it is for sale all year round, in relatively limited quantities.

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Pizzuto Chickpea
Pizzuto Chickpea
(photo by PN Gran Sasso)
Pizzuto Chickpea
Pizzuto Chickpea
(photo by PN Gran Sasso)
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