Chickpeas have been cultivated in Abruzzo since the middle age, especially in the Navelli area. Navelli’s chickpeas are characterized by the small size and smooth, cream-colored surface. There is also a secondo type, smaller and more "rustic", with a red-brown color and wrinkly surface. Chickpeas are cultivated mainly on the uplands and the inner valleys of L’Aquila province. Seeds are planted during springtime on a soil prepared before winter and usually takes place during March waning moon. Seeds keep their vitality for two or more years. The harvesting takes place between July and late August.
Teodoro Bonanni’s book gives us some data about chickpeas farming during the last century: from 1923 to 1928 there were 32 cultivated acres in the Navelli area. Each acre yielded 1200-1300 kilograms.
Piana di Navelli (AQ)
Harvested between late July and late August