The Bean Cuneo joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released May 20, 2011.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the Piedmont region.
The bean is a plant of the legume family native to Central. Was imported, following the discovery of America, in Europe, where there were only beans of species belonging to the genus Vigna, of sub-Saharan origin: the genus Phaseolus beans have spread everywhere supplanting the group of the ancient world, as they were more easy to grow and more profitable (compared to the yield per hectare vineyard is almost double). The bean is grown for seeds, collected fresh (Shelling beans) or dried, or for the entire legume to eat fresh (green beans).
The peculiarity of the Bean Cuneo PGI is to be a climbing variety, so in the cultivation requires much manual labor. After preparing the soil, planting is carried out in the period between April and July. For the support of the plants are used rods, tied together at 4 in the apical part, so as to form a bina, resembling a teepee. A horizontal wire connects each of these “tents”, so as to make it more rigid and resistant against the guardians of the weather and the progressive weight of climbing plants.
During the summer months, the beans must be irrigated, depending on weather conditions and the period of the plants. You also need different tillage between double rows, in order to increase the permeability, fertility and protection against pests.
The harvest of dry grains occurs when the plants were cut and left to dry properly.
Threshing return a product that has yet to be worked: it is necessary to proceed to the cleaning, calibration and manual sorting, before having the Bean Cuneo PGI ready for packaging.


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