Ritrovo Selections Fior di Maiella Monachella Abruzzo Beans

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These eye-catching purple and white dried beans are a little-known varietal outside of the region of Abruzzo, Italy. Our producer, Fior di Maiella, found this bean growing voluntarily among his sweet Altino pepper plants. He decided to work with nature and let these companion plants flourish together. These newly-rediscovered heirloom beans, were cultivated from a handful of seed beans from which Fior di Maiella produced a first crop of this long forgotten variety called Monachelle (little nuns) or Socere e Nore (mother-in-law and daughter-in-law) for their bold contrasting colors. These beautiful beans are grown between crops of Altino Sweet Peppers to replenish the soil, Once ready they are hand harvested and dried in small batches. They represent the incredible biodiversity of Abruzzo's food crops, a true "cibo ritrovato".  

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