Product included in the national list of traditional agri-food products (PAT)
PAT type: Vegetable products in their natural state or processed
Production area: Whole Sicilian territory.
Technical data sheet of the traditional agri-food product (PAT)
Area of production: Whole Sicilian territory.
Brief description of the product: Ecotypes of chickpea with large and wrinkled seeds. Within a considerable number of these ecotypes, at the end of the 80s, a variety called "Principe "Improved compared to ecotypes in terms of plant height and productivity.
Description of the processing and maturing methods: Not being resistant to plant diseases and specifically to rabies, the sowing of Principe is in spring (late February-March). All cultivation operations in the case of using seeds of the improved CV, can be mechanized using the same seeder and combine harvester used for wheat. Furthermore, also with the contribution of the Station, specific herbicides for chickpea have been registered. Traditionally, sowing was done in postarelle and manual harvesting, uprooting the entire plant.
Specific materials and equipment used for preparation and conditioning: The Prince's grain is essentially used for soups or for the preparation of flour. Soups, and especially mashed potatoes, can be prepared using the green grain, before it changes color and
Description of the processing, storage and maturing rooms: For the conservation of the grain, common methods of storing seeds in clean and dry rooms, in bulk or bagged are used.
Elements that prove that the methodologies have been practiced in a homogeneous way and according to traditional rules for a period of not less than 25 years: In living memory.
Source Pat Cards: Sicily Region
Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero
Information contributions: Web, Region of Sicily
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