This pasta is made using a very special durum wheat semolina – ‘Senatore Cappelli’ - grown organically in the hills of the Marche, Puglia and Basilicata regions. Senatore Cappelli is an ancient type of grain with a high protein, vitamin and mineral content and has an intense flavour and aroma. It is also much more easily digestible than ordinary pasta.
Senatore Cappelli wheat grows up to 1m 80cm tall which means that there is no need for any fertilizers to promote growth, nor has it ever been subject to any genetic modification techinques now so often used in modern agriculture. Although very common in the 1930’s and 40’s this type of pasta was gradually replaced by other varieties made from wheat that was much easier to grow and harvest.
Durum wheat semolina 'Senatore Cappelli', water.
Our Producer – La Ginestra
Our honey and some of our organic pasta comes from a Cooperative in Tuscany called La Ginestra, founded in 1978 by a group of young people who wanted to preserve and renew the traditions of the Tuscan countryside. Established on a farm that had been abandoned for decades, it took the name form the beautiful yellow bushes of wild broom that at that time filled the uncultivated fields.
Since 1989 the farm has been organic, using eco-compatible methods of production in accordance with EC regulations. Beekeeping is one of the farms main spheres of activity, producing 6 varieties of single flower honey from the uncontaminated pastures and woodlands of Tuscany.