Our cereal cultivation is focused on two varieties of spelt that is the oldest cereal in the world. We are talking about Triticum monococcum and Triticum spelta.
Triticum monococcum, also known as small spelt, is the first cereal to be cultivated by man more than 10,000 years ago. It is a typically Mediterranean species, which is very widespread in Italy. It has been the basic element of the diet of agricultural population for thousands of years. Triticum monococcum has generated most of the wheat known nowadays (triticum dicoccum, durum wheat, common wheat and others) thanks to its spontaneous crossings with other species of Triticum. That is why we can consider it as “the father of all types of wheat”. Its cultivation was almost abandoned during the Bronze Age (4,000-5,000 years ago) when farmers began to use other species of wheat that were easier to grow and had higher yields. From a nutritional point of view, Triticum monococcum is particularly rich in antioxidants and has a higher protein content, a lower content of starch and a higher content of E vitamin than other species of wheat.
Triticum spelta, also known as big spelt, is an ancient spelt variety deriving from wheat and probably originating in Southwestern Asia. It comes from the species of Triticumdicoccum (medium spelt) and Aegilopssquarrosa (annual herbaceous plant). Among all the species of spelt, Triticum spelta is the one that is closest to common wheat even from a genetic point of view. Its importance was such that we find mention of it among the seven original cereals in the Bible. Triticum spelta contains high amounts of gluten and fiber. Its flour has an intense flavour, dark colour and is used to make biscuits, rustic bread and a special beer. It is very rich in riboflavin, B vitamins and soluble fibers, which reduce cholesterol levels. It contains about 25% more protein than wheat.
Our spelt products are *:
– hulled Triticum monococcum from natural agriculture (ideal for soups and cold salads)
– pasta made with Triticum monococcum from natural agriculture
– stone milled Triticum spelta flour from natural agriculture
*Triticum monococcum and Triticum spelta come from our certified organic farming and are cultivated without using any kind of fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals. The processes of decortication, milling and artisan pasta making are carried out by third parties who do not have organic certification yet.