For decades it has been the most popular wheat variety, especially in Southern Italy (Basilicata and Puglia), also called "Chosen Race" in the '30s and ‘40s, despite the low yield but very high quality, winning on the import of wheat from United States and Russia.
But the low yield is the root cause of its disappearance since the ‘70s, when it was replaced with other more productive seeds, subjected to genetic modification as Croesus, which now represents 90% of the world crop.
Fortunately, nowadays it has been rediscovered as a variety never contaminated by mutagenesis, and it’s grown in a few privileged areas of Italy, by virtue of the excellent organoleptic and nutritional characteristics.
Because of its height (160/180 cm – 5/6 feet) and its developed root system, it suffocates weeds and is therefore very suitable for organic farming, the only method by which it’s produced.
Senatore Cappelli Durum Wheat used by Probios is grown right in Tuscany, promoting biodiversity and local agriculture.
It’s a very high quality wheat: rich in "beards", the filaments of graminaceous, and also very hard, so the pasta made with this ancient grain is always “al dente” and doesn’t overcook ever.
Our "Semi Integral" pasta from the brand Natura Toscana is made with durum wheat semolina, which gives it a lighter color than that of wholemeal flour, but a more intense flavor and a greater fiber content than a more sifted pasta of “white” semolina. The slow drying process keeps the flavor of true wheat and preserve the nutritional value.
Many sizes are available, the most part bronze drawn to get a rough pasta that absorbs well the sauce: farfalle, fusilli, penne, spaghetti and tortiglioni.
Check out all the range products from Natura Toscana, with this brand Probios wants to encourage the Tuscany local cultivation and discover tastes and traditions of our homeland.