Sciacca and Ribera Wild Strawberry

Slow Food Presidium

It seems that the tiny strawberries grown in this area near Agrigento are descended from plants brought to Sicily by veterans returning from the Great War. Sicilian soldiers must have collected wild plants from the undergrowth of some Alpine forest, then planted them in the fertile Sicilian soil.

The wild strawberries survived and acclimatized well, evolving into a local ecotype that has spread around the Verdura Valley: aromatic and highly scented, the tiny spherical berries are bright red in color.

The Ribera wild strawberries have a relatively brief harvest season and can only be found fresh on the local market.



The strawberries are picked from early April until the end of May.


Phone:340 3417027 Michele Bono Referente dei produttori del Presidio


Area di produzione Comuni di Sciacca, Ribera, Caltabellotta, Menfi
provincia di Agrigento ()
sciacca and ribera wild strawberry

Sciacca and Ribera Wild Strawberry

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The recent competition from remontant strawberries has practically wiped out the concept of early produce and reduced the plots of Ribera and Sciacca strawberries from 200 hectares in the 1970s to just 15 hectares today. The number of growers has also fallen: now, the wild strawberries are just a supplementary crop grown by tiny businesses who employ only family members.

The Presidium wants to raise the profile of this delicate and fragrant strawberry, including through the promotion of ice cream and jams made from the fruit.


The 5 producers of the Ribera Strawberry Presidium are united in the association:

La dea del profumo, Sciacca (Ag), Via Turati 24, Tel. +39 327 9381030,


I produttori sono:

Matteo Chiarello, Sciacca (Ag), Via De Gasperi 59, Tel. +39 339 4025851

Ludovico Ciaccio, Menfi (Ag), Contrada Bertolino, Tel. +39 328 6829806,

Bartolo Maniscalco, Caltabellotta (Ag), Contrada Piano Monaco, Tel. +39 333 2999955,

Saverio Dimino, Sciacca (Ag), Contrada Guardabasso 113, Tel. +39 347 6467481,

Lorenzo Verderame, Sciacca (Ag), Contrada Scunchipani, Tel. +39 347 6032178,



The strawberries are transformed into jam by:

Scyavuru, Ribera (Ag), Contrada Castellana, Tel. +39 0925 63297,,

Last modified: 24 Sep 2021
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