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Rediscovering Pasta And The Ancient Wheat Varieties

Aren’t you pasta lovers too? How many days could you resist without eating the most loved carbohydrate n the world? The answer is relative…but with Christmas approaching it’s definitely harder, especially if we think about the traditional Christmas lunch or the New Year’s Eve dinner.

Some of you might say pasta makes you fat, bloated, tired and inflamed but it’s not completely true: the problem can be avoided choosing different varieties of pasta, made with different cereals, like rice, corn or pulses too, according to the level of intolerance.

While traditional flour is obtained by a large scale wheat production, with a grain that has been selected and modified through the years to improve the production, ancient grains are varieties from the past that have remained  as they were at their origin, without going through any artificial modification to increase their performances. These grains represent a true heritage for the whole humanity.

For this reason, the first official seeds bank have been established, to preserve the seeds out of the ground to preserve their biodiversity and food safety, inside Universities regional centers and research institutes, also in Italy.

Probios, on its side, promotes local agriculture and small/medium companies of the territory. Thanks to their engagement towards the environment, we recently have created a new range of ancient grains based products, made with ancient Sicilian wheat varieties (Margherito, Perciasacchi, Russello, Timilia e Maiorca), rediscovered thanks to the efforts of the “grain keepers”, farmers involved in their safeguard. The range is composed both by pasta and flour, made with raw materials harvested and processed in Sicily. The company deals with the product from the seed, to the milling (that is stone ground), to the production of pasta, that is bronze wire drawn and dehydrated at low temperatures.

Among the main characteristics of these seeds, also the lower concentration of gluten: since they haven’t undergone any artificial modification, they contain less gluten.  Just try it!

For those of you who haven’t tried the ancient grains pasta yet, try the recipe book available on our website for some inspiration!

Sources:Il Giornale (18/11/2017 – pag. 28).