Faba de Lourenzá PGI
Dry beans separated from the pod, from the Fabaceae or legume family, species Phaseolus vulgaris L., of the local variety known as Faba Galaica, healthy, whole, clean and grown for human consumption.
It is known for its doughy, non-lumpy flesh, which is barely discernible from the skin.
The beans are a uniform white color, with no markings, of very large size (80-120 g / 100 seeds), 19-26 mm long, 9-11 mm wide, 7-8 mm thick) and a long, crescent or kidney shape. Moisture content: 14-17 %. They are exceptionally good for cooking because of their very low skin ratio (between 8-10%), their ability to absorb water, over 100%, and the fact that the beans stay intact and complete after being cooked.
Production / Processing method
The land is prepared for sowing by turning over the soil 2 or 3 times with a plow, harrow or grinder and using a nitrogen-based fertilizer. This process ensures the soil is in the best possible condition. Even nowadays, good manure from local livestock farms is still extremely important for ensuring a good quality growing medium.
Sowing is done between May and June, burying the seed at a depth of 2 to 5 cm. Canes or frames should be set up to help the plants grow and develop in the correct way.
Harvesting is done between late August and late November. The beans are picked when the pod is dry and can be done either manually in the field by picking individual pods, or by pulling up the plant and taking it to be processed at a different location.
The beans are removed from the pods using either manual or mechanical methods.
The beans must be stored and preserved in cool, dry places under proper hygiene and health conditions.
Before packaging, the beans undergo cleaning, sifting and selection, and are then placed in cold storage rooms for a minimum of 48 hours at a temperature of -20ºC or less to prevent weevil infestation.
Packaging must be new, clean and in materials that enable the product to be properly aired, preserved and transported. Generally speaking, packaging sizes are 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) and 1 kg (2.2 lb).
Geography / Relief and climate
The area covers a series of valleys set between mountains running from north to south, with fertile, deep, well-drained medium texture soils, with a climate that is heavily influenced by the landscape and the nearby sea.
Consejo Regulador de la IGP Faba de Lourenzá
Apartado de correos nº 14
27760 - Lourenzá - Lugo
Tel: (+34) 881 997 279
- Spanish Ministry of Agriculture
- Regulatory Council, Faba de Lourenzá PGI
They are exceptionally good for cooking because of their very low skin ratio, their ability to absorb water and the fact that the beans stay intact and complete after being cooked.