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Cicerchia Marchigiana (Lathyrus sativus)
Cicerchia (Lathyrus sativus): This legume is original from Asia but naturalized Italian now, because it is present in traditional dishes. It's the most rustic of legumes since it grows where others can’t.
It has no soil demands and can be grown in arid conditions. Like all legumes, it is rich in protein, and after a good soak it can be cooked like any other bean.
The only drawback: it contains a neurotoxin that can be harmful if over-eaten, we mean large amounts, of course.
Its cultivation is in constant decline; therefore,its diffusion is particularly important to us.