Spelled Monococco in organic cultivation


Einkorn Farro is also called Piccolo Farro. Its spike aristata is distichous, has a diploid genome that is it has the lowest number of AA chromosomes (2n = 14) in the nucleus of its cells and, among the species belonging to the genus Triticum, the first to be domesticated by man and constituted for millennia the main crop in a region referred to as the Fertile Crescent.

In fact, the first crops in the Middle East date back to 8000-7500 BC. and constituted, together with barley, the basic diet for 

Its cultivation was greatly reduced in the Bronze Age when the farmers of the Mediterranean basin selected the tetraploid grains starting from Tritucum dicoccum (wild progenitor of the current wheat and emmer wheat), from which they drew a greater quantity of grains. Suitable for arid and poor soils, it adapts well to low temperatures and thanks to its rusticity it is very resistant to fungal diseases. It is of medium-high size, does not like nitrogen fertilizers, has a medium-long vegetative cycle.

Autumn sowing is preferable but spring sowing can also be done by the end of February.

In agricoltura biologica non vengono usate concimazioni aggiuntive: in particolar modo si evitano le concimazioni azotate perchè il monococco non le ama. Rimane importante la pratica delle rotazioni e dei sovesci, meglio se con leguminose, allo scopo di mantenere l’originario grado di fertilità. Poiché è una coltura molto rustica, non necessita di cure fitosanitarie e nemmeno di irrigazione.
La sua densità e la sua altezza, nonché il suo forte e diffuso apparato radicale, bloccano la crescita d erbe infestanti con le quali non esiste competizione ad esclusione della Sorghetta. La varietà coltivata nel territorio veneto, l’Haermanni, ha un ciclo lungo; viene raccolto nella prima metà di luglio.

The humidity at harvesting, or rather, at the time of ensiling, must be no more than 13% to ensure that molds, abnormal fermentations or colonies of parasites such as weevils, borer, or other cannot develop. The ideal storage environment is certainly the cold room at a temperature of 10 ° C and dry. But it can also be kept well in silos or sacks, as long as it is perfectly clean from dust, flakes and broken husks, and by adding diatomaceous earth.
This species, with exceptional dietary-nutritional and organoleptic characteristics, has recently been rediscovered thanks to to the work of varietal recovery by some farmers in Veneto and Central Italy.
It has the highest protein content of all normally grown wheat, as well as high levels of carotenoids and microelements.

Valori Nutrizionali Medi
Proteine totali 19,30 %
Ceneri 2,41 %
Carotenoidi 10,40 mg/Kg
Tocoferoli (Vit. E) 94,40 mg/Kg
Zinco 50,00 mg/Kg
Ferro 41,70 mg/Kg
Manganese 38,00 mg/Kg

Some tests have shown that it can also be taken by subjects with gluten intolerances (excluding celiac subjects).

The supply chains that are emerging around these cereals, nicknamed ancient, are rapidly expanding and are increasingly attracting the attention of an attentive public. The Organic Short Chain Association of ancient cereals was born in Veneto in 2013, consisting of producers, a mill and some organic bakeries, which has already produced and marketed 30 tons of einkorn spelled.

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