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Prometeo, Urbino: the organic Emmer from Le Marche

Prometeo, Urbino: the organic Emmer from Le Marche | Le Marche and Food | Scoop.it

Prometeo is an Italian factory that since 1991 has processed cereals and legumes produced by the organic farmers of central Italy. The production of hulled wheats is particularly focused on emmer, Triticum dicoccum, which is the predominant species throughout Italy
Prometeo is placed in Urbino, in the North of the Marche Region, central-eastern Italy, in an environment deeply linked to the traditions of central Italy. The factory provides its suppliers the seeds for landraces, checks fields and assists the farmers during growing, and organizes the storage and dispatch of the product. Prometeo selects its suppliers according to the production area, giving priority to high hill and mountain farms, whose yield is limited for quantity, but of superior quality.
The organic products are controlled and certified along the chain production steps (from producer to consumer), by the IMC (the Mediterranean Certification Institute).  First, the raw material (hulled grains) is carefully cleaned and de-hulled using appropriate equipment to obtain whole (integral) kernels (farro intero). Then, a pearling process applied to produce semi-pearl and pearl grains (farrisum). The breaking of kernels is another process to obtain "tritello" (spezzato) which is the oldest use of emmer. The semi-processed products are sold to the wholesalers or submitted to further processing (milling, pasta making, blowing) carried out by Prometeo on behalf of external partner companies, carefully chosen and subject to the IMC controls relating to organic products.

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Terra Bio: the organic farmers association in Le Marche

Terra Bio: the organic farmers association in Le Marche | Le Marche and Food | Scoop.it

TERRABIO - The organic co-operative society of the Italian Marches - is an association of over 60 agricultural and processing operations in the Marches (Le Marche).

Many different certified organic products for an healty style of life

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The Pharaoh of Egypt's Pasta from Le Marche

The Pharaoh of Egypt's Pasta from Le Marche | Le Marche and Food | Scoop.it

To make this pasta the Cooperative Alce Nero  uses an organically grown wheat variety with great historical and nutritious value.
Graziella Ra® is a type of wheat taken from an Egyptian tomb. It was brought to Italy towards the end of the 1970s by an archaeologist, who gave it to Paride Allegri, gardener for the Municipal Council of Reggio Emilia during that time. Ivo Totti in turn gave a handful to the members of the Alce Nero Cooperative, with precise instructions; if they would manage to grow it successfully, thay had to name it Graziella, after the archaeologist’s daughter, who died tragically during the Second World War.
But what does "RA" have to do with it? In Ancient Egypt, "RA" was the sun, to which we have also dedicated this variety, since it is the sun that provides the Earth with its essential heat and light every day.
After overcoming various problems, the cooperative managed to grow this wheat and to make the first pasta.
It is grown by by members in the hills of the Montefeltro area, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino. It is a wheat with a medium-long cycle and tall size, complete with large ears with long aristas. Yield does not exceed 15-20 quintals per hectare.
Tests performed at the University of Urbino (Department of Food Biotechnologies) have shown that this is a wheat variety that is particularly rich in protein, mineral salts and selenium, a powerful antioxidant with an effective action against free radicals, which are responsible for many human diseases.
Another important characteristic of this grain is that since it has not been subjected to genetic improvement, it is better suited than other varieties to be introduced into the diets of people who suffer food allergies. However, like all wheats, this variety contains gluten and is therefore unsuitable for people affected by celiac disease.
Montebello pasta made using 100% Graziella Ra® semolina is bronze drawn and dried at low temperatures for very long periods (approximately 26 hours for long pasta and 10 hours for short pasta) to preserve all of the nutrients and sensory qualities of the raw material in the finished product.

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Agricola del Frontino - Organic pasta and more from Le Marche

Agricola del Frontino - Organic pasta and more from Le Marche | Le Marche and Food | Scoop.it

In the land of Montefeltro, between the valleys of Candigliano and Metauro in the stretch most uncontaminated dell'Appennino Umbrian-Marche long has rediscovered the true value of cultivation organic farming. Traditions that are renewed over time through products high quality obtained in our pasta with method craft. Pasta drawn to the bronze and dried slowly at low temperatures respecting the ancient recipes master of pasta.

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