Living the Gourmet is pleased to present Grano del Miracolo from Molino Grassi.
An ancient grain, ‘Grano del Miracolo’ is the first flour produced via the Italian biodiverse agriculture. Though it was the predominant grain used in Sicily and Molise during the nineteenth century, it was gradually replaced by common modern wheat, which was considered both easier to produce and more salable at the time. However, after a container of carefully preserved Miracolo seeds were found in an attic by a Sicilian farmer, the grain was reintroduced in the regions surrounding Parma.
Less invasive than standard wheat, and grown using only sustainable agricultural methods in the hills of Parma, as well as being richer in phosphorus and iron than common wheat, means that Grano del Miracolo is not only a more ecological grain, but also a healthier grain. Raised without pesticides, and GMO free, means that Miracolo is a wholly organic grain as well. In contrast with common wheat, successful harvests of Miracolo are dependent on the morphological composition of the soil in which it is grown, compatible weather conditions, and the characteristics of the individual grain. In fact, unlike common wheat, Miracolo is not sterile, meaning that farmers can continually re-select and adjust their crops year to year.
That being said, Grano del Miracolo is a near perfect example of the importance of rediscovering traditional, noninvasive farming techniques, given their positive impacts not only on the environment, but on the consumer as well.
Living the Gourmet can wholeheartedly recommend Grano del Miracolo to our readers, both for its ecological production, and the quality of the flour.
**I was given this product for review and was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
I prepared two variations of focaccia with Grano del Miracolo soft wheat flour.
I treated my focaccia like pizza. There are many different varieties and toppings, so feel free to get a little creative.
One foaccia has fresh tomatoes, chopped cilantro, garlic and grated cheese.; The other has kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions and zucchini. Both were a hit with my family.
Enjoy with Love,