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Despite what many people might think, buckwheat is not a cereal, rather a herbaceous annual plant, belonging to the family of Polygonaceae. In Italian it is called grano saraceno (Saracen wheat): it is called like this because, according to the two current hypotheses, it was brought to Italy by the Saracens or because it reminds of the dark colour of the Saracens’ skin. The high biological value of its proteins, which contain proportionately the eight essential amino acids, allows it to stand apart from the common cereals. Furthermore, it has remineralising and energising properties. This pasta represents also a tasty alternative to a gourmet first course. We recommend it with Rustichella d’Abruzzo organic Pesto alla Genovese, a bit of Pecorino Romano cheese and 100% organic extra virgin olive oil.

Cooking time: 6-8 minutes.

Rustichella D’Abruzzo history began in 1924. Today Gianluigi and Stefania Peduzzi proudly continue their grandfather’s Abruzzan tradition using only top quality durum wheat semolina, bronze dies and pure mountain water to achieve that perfect texture and taste that made Rustichella D’Abruzzo the most recognized premium pasta, used by top chefs and available in delicatessen shops all over the world.

The drying process is carried out slowly at low temperatures, sometimes for as long as 50 hours at around 35/40 degrees, unlike industrial pasta where drying is carried out at 90 degrees for 4/5 hours.