Ancient grains of Sicily

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a wheat-rich area. It is even believed that this has been true since the 3deg millennium A.C., as evidenced by the discovery of old daily tools such as grindstones, pestles and other implements, in Stentinello (a Neolithic village located near Siracusa). Persefone, the goddess Cerere’s daughter, was kidnapped and given wheat by Cerere in order to ensure her survival and civilization’s development.

Different wheat cultiva-tions give the Sicilian landscape amazing colors. They change depending on the grain variety and the time and place at which they were sow.

We can describe its major biological and growing properties by looking at the selection of ancient Sicilian grains, the work of the Experimental Station for grain growing, and the collection of samples made by Ugo De Cillis.

For a long time, the ancient Sicilian grains of the past were only our grandparents’ memories. Finally, forward-looking growers restored the ancient Sicilian grains by selecting the grain grain by grain and grinding them in old mills made of natural stone.

The modern flours are a synthesis of ancient gestures and new technological tools.

Stone milling is used to produce ancient grains that are less refined than modern wheat.

Timilia or Tumminia are two of the most well-known varieties of wheat that we can find. These were used by the Greeks.

This type of wheat is very rare and highly prized. It is used to make the Black Breadof Castelvetrano. This Slow Food Presidia recipe has special properties. The bread is scented with almonds, malt and toasted wheat.

Maiorca, an ancient variety in soft white wheat, has been grown for many centuries in Sicily. It’s very high, and it is found in dry and arid soils. It is a unique wheat because of its flavor, nutritional value and versatility.

The wheat Russo can be very nutritious and easy to digest. This is a high-spread wheat that can grow to almost two meters in height. It is delicate and reddish, and can be grown in dry soils.

This grain was then made into flour that is used in many Sicilian products such as bread and pasta.

It is used to make pasta and bread. It is also known as the Tumminia. This ancient grain is just one of many that Sicily has.

These kinds of wheat are used in many pizza places today.

You can also find Perciasacchi and Senatore Kappelli. Bidi is another .

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