Fratte Rosa is located between the valleys of Metauro and Cesano, more than 400 meters above sea level. Its territory is characterized by clay and chalky soils, known as "Lubachi", where, during the first ten days of October, the fava bean of Fratte Rosa is planted, in holes that are about 70 cm apart. The seed maturation takes place on May and June. The fava bean of Fratte Rosa is part of the leguminous family, and precisely the kind of "vicia" and the species of "faba maior L". It is a native variety of the Marche, which comes with a short and slightly stocky pod, containing 3 or 4 large and rounded seeds. This variety of fava bean has emerged in the area around Fratte Rosa, standing out from the others because its particular sweetness and softness even at full ripening. The change of customs and habits, imposed after the war, had led to the abandonment of the cultivation of this variety of fava bean relegating it to a few older tradition-bound. The project of restoration and enhancement of the fava bean ecotype of Fratte Rosa began in 2000; thanks to the research activities of the municipality of Fratte Rosa in collaboration with various regional bodies, but above all thanks to the work of local farmers elected to "Seeds Saver", the seed was finally recovered.
Close to the town of Fratte Rosa (PU), Azienda Agricola i Lubachi cultivates cereals and fodders with the organic method. The company's goal is to rediscover old traditional productions combining respect for origins with respect for the land. The company participates to the project of varietal recovery of Fava Bean of Fratte Rosa, collaborating with the Experimental Institute for horticulture of Monsanpolo del Tronto(AP) and the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ancona. The company bears the name of the land where is located, in fact, Fratte Rosa is on heavy clay soils known as "I Lubachi".
General Information: Peeled Fava Beans can be eaten only cooked. How to eat: Eight hours after soaking, Peeled Fava Beans should be boiled and used to make a puree, velvet sauces or meatballs. After being boiled can also be sautéed in a pan. You can achieve many recipes, from soups to purees, from side dishes to main courses.