Friday, November 30
After a visit to the incredible Castello delle Verrucole of San Romano in Garfagnana, the players will discover the many production secrets of Farro della Garfagnana IGP and Farina di Neccio DOP (the latter a chestnut flour).
Farro is one of the oldest grains in the world. Due to changing dietary habits through the years, its cultivation has disappeared in many territories – but not in Garfagnana. Here, the farro plant has a well-suited climate for growth and today there are nearly 100 businesses that produce Farro della Garfagnana IGP.
Today in Garfagnana, production of Farina di Neccio DOP also takes place. This is a key ingredient in the preparation of cakes, sweets and polenta. Chestnut cultivation in Garfagnana began in around the year 1000 when, as a way of dealing with the increasing populations, numerous vast areas were then set aside for the purpose of producing chestnuts, bringing the chestnut tree to “fruition” as a key player in the region.