Regular price£795 £7.95
Giacomo Santoleri grows ancient grains and pulses on the Caprafico plain in Abruzzo. These lentils are sown at the end of March on poor, chalky soil and they thrive in the harsh mountain temperatures of the Maiella National Park. Surviving these adverse conditions gives the lentils lots of flavour.
The lentils ripen at different times depending on their altitude but the majority are harvested during August. Harvesting takes place by hand because the lentils grow so close to the ground that mechanised harvesting can destroy up to 40% of the harvest. Inside the cloth bag are 500gs of the most beautiful, speckled lentils.
Cook them with a carrot, an onion and a stick of celery then stir them - still firm - into some softened dice of the same vegetables. Top them with a sausage or poached egg