PrimoGrano Traghetti Primo grano meaning “first grain” in Italian, was the idea of pasta-maker Gianluigi Peduzzi, who wanted to bring back the flavors of authentic pasta made with 100% Abruzzo-grown wheat like those that his grandfather, Gaetano Sergiacomo, made at his mill in the town of Penne at the turn of the last century.
Through a research study sponsored by Rustichella d’Abruzzo, the Istituto dei Cereali di Foggia identified local heritage wheat varieties including San Carolo, Varano, and Mongibello, which also proved to have very high protein levels – ideal for making pasta. Every year, Rustichella d’Abruzzo and a small group of farmers from the surrounding hills of Pianella do a special planting of these selected heirloom varieties. After the June harvest, the wheat is trucked immediately to a state-of-the-art mill in Puglia to be ground into semolina. The soft and fragrant semolina is used to make some of the traditional shapes made by Gaetano Sergiacomo. Traghetti is a triangular spaghetti with a toothsome bite.
Wrapped in a bright green paper bag with white sprigs of wheat to celebrate these 100 % Abruzzo grains, PrimoGrano is pasta made for the true pasta lover. Fragrant as freshly baked bread with a supple and soft texture, this pasta is enjoyed with extra virgin olive oil or a light sauce to let the unique flavors shine through. 1.1 LB.