In this article we discuss one of the most loved and despised products of the national territory, small and tasty, the Lamon bean IGP.

The Lamon bean is the emblem of a high quality agricultural production, celebrated and sought after for years throughout the province of Belluno. Small, rounded, pinkish-white with various streaks of purple is the Lamon PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) bean, produced with traditional methods and patiently worked, in a limited area between the Lamon and Sovramonte plateaus.

The trademark must indicate legumes from four basic ecotypes of borlotto bean, including Spagnol, Spagnolet, Calonega and Canalino. In this area of Feltrino, the bean has found the ideal climate, developing independently and gradually replacing the cultivation of beans and peas.

The Lamon Bean

Its genetic origins date back to the land of the Incas. It was Pope Clement VII who in 1530 donated to a Belluno friar the American seeds received as a gift from the Court of Spain. At first the seeds brought by the friar Pietro Valeriano found a certain skepticism on the part of the Feltre farmers, because of the beliefs related to the poor digestibility of dried legumes.

But already in the eighteenth century the Lamon bean became one of the symbolic products of the territory, as evidenced by an essay on agriculture in the District of Feltre. In 1993 the Consortium for the protection was born and in 1996 the coveted recognition of IGP also arrived.

The Lamon Bean

So, from food for the poor, the bean becomes food for the rich, also because the commonplace of an alleged organoleptic poverty has been dispelled, the product is rediscovered as an important ingredient for a balanced diet. The bean is marketed in special packages issued by the Consortium in which there is the protection mark, the place of origin and the ecotype. Every September there is an interesting event called "A tavola nel Feltrino", with exhibitions dedicated to local culture and tradition, tastings of typical dishes and numerous stalls with typical products.


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