Hamper PA02-A “Italian rice for a tasting mix” comprises:
- 1 Kg Maratelli rice
- 1 Kg Semifinished Carnaroli rice
- 1 Kg Semifinished red Sant’Eusebio rice
- 1 Kg Roma rice
- 1 Kg Vialone Nano rice
- 1 Kg Semifinished Aromatic Ganges rice
- 1 Kg Common rice, mixture of rices
||Cost of the Goods
Prices VAT/taxes included.
The food is shipped in order to reduce costs and to dispatch the goods in the best possible condition.
Normally for multi-week duration windows, orders collected from Monday to Sunday are shipped the following Tuesday, so that fresh foods are packed shortly before shipment.
Couriers usually deliver in 48/72 hours.
Tasting of rices
A true Italian food menu cannot forget a good Risotto dish. It is the alter ego of Pasta and there are al lot of risotto rice types that are chosen for different risotto recipes. With this rice tasting mix you will be able to compare many rice varieties and start cooking many dishes.
Among the oldest varieties of Italian rice, in 2013 it was listed in the Register of Historical Varieties and Cascina Canta has become the exclusive keeper of the seed by the Ministerial Decree of 5 April 2013. This kind of rice was identified directly in the field by Mario Maratelli in 1914, and it was registered in the National Register of Commercial Varieties of Rice: from that moment Maratelli rice became one of the most cultivated and appreciated rices.
SEMIFINISHED CARNAROLI RICE
Semi-worked Carnaroli rice has all the same characteristics as traditional processed white rice, very tasty with large and regular-sized grains, but it is still nutritionally richer thanks to its high fibre content, which is now an important part a of a healthy diet based on healthy rice recipes. Thanks to its high amylose content, typical of Carnaroli rice, it is resistant to overcooking.
ROSSO SANT’EUSEBIO – RED RICE
This red rice is suitable for risottos thanks to its delicate, almost sweet taste.
Roma rice naturale is a quality of rice characterised by long and large grains and a compact structure: suitable for risottos and ideal for both boiling served with sauce and for baked rice in timbales.
VIALONE NANO RICE
This kind of rice is widely considered the forefather of the finest Italian rices for risotto. With its medium-sized grain, this rice is classified as “rounded”. Versions available are brown, milled and semi-milled. The high amount of starch content, known as amylose, makes it ideal for all kinds of risottos as it gives it that creamy texture that allows it to combine all the flavours. Among the various types of rice it is perhaps the most versatile one and one of the best rice for risotto: it suits a wide variety of preparations: it absorbs condiments well, is suitable rice for baking, but also soups and desserts.
A Basmati-like aromatic rice with a long and thin grain, it has a characteristic aroma and is ideal rice for pilaf recipes.
Cultivation of rices
Cascina Canta is a 38 hectares family-run business located in Gionzana, a small village near Novara.
The family have been farmers and rice growers for generations. Even nowadays their main activities consist in the cultivation of different varieties of rice and grains and the management of the whole production process using environmentally-friendly farming techniques and renewable energy.
Their story began in 1966 with Eusebio Francese and Bianca Bellotti, who moved from Vercelli to Novara, fell in love with Cascina Canta and decided to buy it. They began renovating the farm, such as levelling the land and applying an original project invented by Eusebio, whereby grains were dried with ambient air on inclined planes. In 1976 they abandoned monoculture, introducing a rotation program, which combined the cultivation of italian rice with other cereals and pulses that are particularly precious and of ancient tradition.
In the late 80s the family’s legacy is taken over by their daughters Maddalena and Isabella, who continued in their parents’ footsteps, combining tradition and innovation with a modern company that still remains true to its roots.
The company still has an old wooden rice mill, with an ambient air insufflation dryer, a stone mill for the production of wholemeal flours and a laboratory for the production of pasta.
Cascina Canta produces different varieties of rice: Maratelli, Balilla, Carnaroli, Vialone Nano, Gange, Rosso Sant’Eusebio.
The main characteristics of this company is the ability to use different processes for its varieties of rice, classifying into three types: brown rice, milled and semi-milled.
Brown rice does not undergo any bleaching process, consequently it is darker in colour and has a longer cooking time, at times even up to 50 minutes; this is due to the large presence of fibre which accounts for up to 1.8% of the grain.
Fibre is gradually removed during the processing, in fact it is present in smaller amounts in semi-milled rice, which takes less time to cook, and it is virtually absent in milled rice, also called white rice, in which all the outer skins and the germ are removed.