Now at its50th edition, the Sagra della Fagiolina Arsolana (Festival of the Arsoli Bean) will this year be held on August 24 and 25, with gastronomic events and various culture and folklore initiatives.
A little history
The fagiolina arsolana or Arsoli bean is an ancient variety of bean which escaped homologation with commercial crops. Merit for this goes to an eighty-something farmer, Luigi Di Marcotullio, who for years kept this bean alive by cultivating it in his vegetable garden.
It is a fully-fledged genetic treasure, as indeed it was defined by researchers from the Porano CNR or National Research Council. They have been examining how to recuperate it as part of a programme for the eco-physiological, genetic and agronomic assessment of the various local eco-types of Italy.
The characteristics of the fagiolina arsolana for years prompted Luigi Di Marcotullio, recently appointed custodian farmer, to state that his beans were different to the ordinary cannellini beans grown by his neighbours. These include its white colour, rounded shape and the ease with which it can be digested, thanks to its delicate consistency.