Polizzi Generosa Badda Bean

Slow Food Presidium

This medium-small, round, two-color bean has been grown in the vegetable gardens of Polizzi Generosa, in the Madonie Park, for two centuries.

The bean’s name, Badda, comes from the dialect word for “ball”. The ivory beans are spotted with blotches, either pinkish-orange or dark-purple, almost black.
It’s a flavorful bean, with herbaceous, even briny notes, slightly astringent, with hints of chestnut and almond in the finish.

The harvest of the green pods, which can be eaten fresh, starts in August, about 60 days after sowing, and depending on the altitude can continue into November. Beans for drying are picked in October and November, before the pods open to let the seeds fall.



Harvested from August to September and the dried beans can be found year-round.


Phone:340 5624176 Roberta Billitteri Referente dei produttori del Presidio


Polizzi Generosa (Pa)

The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the Badda bean and expand its cultivation, which primarily uses traditional cane structures (‘u pagliaru) and respects sustainable principles.
It unites several growers from Polizzi Generosa, including some young people who have decided to dedicate themselves to farming in one of the most beautiful spots in the Madonie mountains.


Polizzi Badda Bean Producers Association:
Roberta Billitteri, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada Fiumesecco, Tel. +39 340 5624176, ro.billitteri@libero.it

Giovanni Faletra, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada San Nicola, Tel. +39 335 7772269, gfaletra@easyint.it

Antonino Giacomarra, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada San Nicola, Tel. +39 328 6128248

Salvatore Glorioso, Monreale (Pa) Via Acquino 10, Tel. +39 339 1726338, sglorioso@alice.it

Francesco Mangialino, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Via Garibaldi 104, Tel. +39 328 4841567, fra.mangialino@libero.it

Fabio Maria Montagnino, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada San Nicola, Tel. +39 335 7564744

Maria Concetta Muratore, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Località Cuca-Mulini, Tel. +39 0921 688176,

Grazia Sandra Invidiata, Collesano (Pa), Contrada Santa Anastasia, Tel. +39 0921 661536 / +39 328 4723440, inv.sandra@inwind.it

Antonino Sausa, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada Suvarito, Tel. +39 328 0389249, nino.sausa@libero.it

Francesco Giampapa, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada Mantonica, Tel. +39 320 688335, giampapafrancesco@live.it

Francesca D’Ippolito, Polizzi Generosa (Pa), Contrada Fiumesecco, Tel. +39 388 8599127 – sausa.mario@alice.it


Last modified: 25 Jan 2022
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