Fasolia (plake megalosperma) Prespon Florinas Φασόλια (πλακέ μεγαλόσπερμα) Πρεσπών Φλώρινας (Prespon Florinas flat bean)
PGE/ΠΓΕ Fasolia (plake megalosperma) Prespon Florinas Φασόλια (πλακέ μεγαλόσπερμα) Πρεσπών Φλώρινας is a flat, large-germen bean (type: Phaseollis vulgaris), is kidney-shaped and white in colour. 1000 beans weigh between 450 and 500 grams. The bean has to conform to quality standards for Greek-grown pre-packed pulses. Chemical composition: carbohydrates 61.4%; proteins 26.1%; fibre 6.6%; ash 4.1% and fats 1.8%.
Geographical area: The flat large-germen bean is grown in the Prespon area of the Fiorina prefecture in the contiguous rural areas of the municipalities of Mikrolimni, Karion, Lefkon, Platios, Lemou Ag. Germanos, Ag. Ahilios, Vronderou and Kalithea.
Evidence: Historically, the bean has been grown exclusively in the above listed municipalities of the Prespon area.
Method of production: The bean is grown outdoors.
Link: The product is produced in the Prespon area using traditional methods and is packed locally and marketed under the name "Prespon Flat Large-Germen Beans". Because of its proximity to the Great Prespa and Little Prespa lakes, the Prespon area has a microclimate better than that of the rest of the Fiorina prefecture which has a typical continental climate. The soil is a light silt with a low lime content. Water is plentiful and there is a rich low-standing flora. The bean's outstanding reputation is due to its organoleptic features.
Gastronomy: The PGE/ΠΓΕ Fasolia (plake megalosperma) Prespon Florinas Φασόλια (πλακέ μεγαλόσπερμα) Πρεσπών Φλώρινας should be kept in a dry place under good hygienic conditions. This precious legume is consumed cooked, either baked or boiled. It is often used coupled with other vegetable products, onions, tomatoes, celery and carrots, seasoned with oil. It is also used by the canning industry.
Reference: The European Commission