The White Beans of Rotonda become part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released March 12, 2011.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Basilicata.
The main features of White Beans of Rotonda PDO are the high protein content of the grain that can reach the percentage of 27% on the dry.
The local ecotypes cultivated for the production of white bean of Rotonda are the White Bean and Rod White (also called the “poor man”). The production of White Beans of Rotonda PDO must not exceed 13 tons per hectare, corresponding to 3 tons of dry product. The collection of pods begins in August and ends in the month of October and must be strictly carried out by hand. On the market you can find both fresh and dried to be shelled grain.
In the past, white beans have been one of the most important sources of protein for local people. The same local people have treasured over time the two local ecotypes, that with the advent of irrigation in the 80s have had a strong diffusion and the start of production of legume fresh alongside the traditional dry.
The undeniable organoleptic properties of White Beans of Rotonda PDO are enhanced by type of climate and soil characteristics, which are located in a fertile valley as big as the basin which dates back to the Quaternary period, are silt-clay and sand, with a deep good water retention.


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