Only with organic khorasan wheat grown in Italy.
Khorasan is a delicate grain which requires fertile soil and a warm climate in order to achieve satisfactory growth, otherwise harvests tend to be meagre. It has always been cultivated in the Mediterranean area, especially in North Africa, Spain and Italy. The areas of cultivation where it best expresses its characteristics in Italy today are the regions of Sicily and Puglia. For our khorasan wheat spaghetti we only use organic wheat grown in Italy.
The process used to make Alce Nero khorasan wheat spaghetti lasts 3-4 days. This slow process is the secret to obtaining more resistant spaghetti which is more resistant and never overcooks. The dough is passed through dies to create a coarse surface and shape the pasta. The pasta is then dried in static cells where the traditional process is reproduced: spaghetti is dried at low temperatures, below 50°C, for approximately 50 hours.
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Khorasan wheat is a delicate grain that requires fertile soil and a warm climate in order to achieve satisfactory growth, otherwise harvests tend to be meagre. It has always been grown in the Mediterranean, especially in North Africa, Spain and Italy. Within Italy, it fares particularly well in the regions of Sicily and Puglia.
It is especially tall (140-160 cm) and precocious, guaranteeing good competition against weeds and making it a suitable candidate for organic farming. The caryopsis, larger than other grains and long and thin in shape, can grow up to 11-12 mm long and 3 mm wide.
Alce Nero khorasan wheat spaghetti is produced with wheat grown in Italy.
Khorasan wheat requires the same cultivation technique as wheat. It enjoys the residual fertility of previous crops and favours ventilated areas at mid to high altitude. In terms of crop rotation, it occupies the same position as wheat, following on from favino fallow land or tomatoes.
Given the delicacy of the cereal, the land must be carefully maintained, with a particular focus on the preparation of the seed bed and the density per hectare. It is harvested around mid-July, the combine harvester suitably adjusted so as not to break the grain.
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