Tuscan Beans & Grains

The fertile hills and valleys of Tuscany produce some of Italy's finest beans, pulses and grains. You have to taste the beans to appreciate their amazing flavour, simply cooked in a classic bean soup or salad. The various stoneground flours can be baked into all kinds of exciting breads, pizza, biscuits, cakes and focaccia. Close to the famous Medieval walled town of Monteriggioni in Tuscany, with its imposing turrets and walls, lies the Azienda Agricola Il Cilegio. Owned by the Pattaro family, who have been farming 140 hectares of land since 1952. Today, they cultivate all these wonderful heirloom beans and pulses, local grains and wheats, all sold to appreciative bakers and chefs in nearby Siena and its surrounds. 

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