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The only one and unique: Maratelli rice

Cascina Canta
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)
Code: Hamper-PA02-B
Weight: N/A

1, 2, 3, 4

 32.00 120.00


Hamper PA02-B: “The only one and unique: Maratelli rice” contains:

  • 1 Kg Maratelli rice (5 packs)
Quantity Code n. Cost of the Goods
1 Hamper-PA02-B-1 € 32
2 Hamper-PA02-B-2 € 62
3 Hamper-PA02-B-3 € 90
4 Hamper-PA02-B-4 € 120

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.

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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.

In the 70s the popularity of Maratelli rice dropped in favour of new, more productive varieties, disappearing almost completely. This happened because Maratelli Rice doesen’t tolerate herbicides, but needs of pure water and natural cultivation methods only. However, Eusebio Francese and Bianca Bellotti, with insight and obstinacy, continued to cultivate Maratelli rice, typical of the Piedmontese tradition, in their paddy fields and still continue today.
Their tenacity, along with their daughters Maddalena and Isabella, was awarded by the Minister of Agriculture who registered Maratelli rice in the Italian Register of Historic Varieties of Rice.

Cascina Canta

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 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 (or white) in which all the outer skins and the germ are removed.

Buy now the best italian rice for soups and risotto

1 review for The only one and unique: Maratelli rice

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    M. A.

    I’ve never heard Maratelli rice before. An excellent rice for Risotto and soups.

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