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grass pea

Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) that used to be sown between rows of corn in the Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo, and was near extinction. Like the roveja, the cicerchia di Serra de' Conti, grown in the Marche, is in the Ark of Taste and is currently making a comeback.

In Abruzzo, cicerchie are made into a kind of polenta called fracchiata.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Quaaludes, Creative Commons Attribution