Seeds 2018-12-04T16:38:12+00:00

SEEDS

sunflower | pumpkin | sesame | flax | hemp | chia | poppy

HISTORY

Oilseeds are harvested from annual herbaceous plants belonging to different families and have in common the strong presence of fats inside the seeds that make them especially suitable to the extraction of food oils.

The oilseeds are widespread throughout the world, and the origins of those cultivated by man come from different regions of the planet. Flax has been domesticated in the Mediterranean areas, pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds come from Central America, while hemp and poppy born spontaneously in the regions between the fertile crescent and the Indian sub-continent. Finally, the origins of the sesame are uncertain, as it has been widespread for millennia in all areas of the temperate zone.

In Italy, the only species cultivated on a large scale is oil sunflower and, although flax and hemp are regaining interest among organic farms due to their rusticity, the other oilseeds do not represent economically important enough crops and remain limited to minimal local productions.

OUR SEEDS

Our seeds come exclusively from controlled supply chains: in addition to maintaining direct relations with farmers, we collaborate with companies specialised in the processing of different products and import directly from third countries what not grown in Italy.

Our main supply chain project in the field of oilseeds concerns flax, which is grown exclusively from farms in central and southern Italy with whom we maintain a direct collaboration relationship. The processes of transformation of flax seeds take place entirely in our factory in Spoleto, where only gluten-free products are sorted, hulled and milled. Furthermore, we are launching new agricultural projects aimed at recovering the cultivation of some seeds that in the past have represented a resource in various Italian territories: hemp in the Apennine regions of central Italy and sesame in Sicily. The other seeds come from the countries of origin or from those that have specialised in their cultivation: also, in this case, we make sure that the supply chains of these seeds are guaranteed gluten-free.

In addition to the range of natural seeds, we can offer the toasted version of sunflower, pumpkin, flax and sesame: we roasted the seeds in our factory in Spoleto, where we process gluten-free products only.

NUTRITIONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Characterised by a high content of lipids and a good content of carbohydrates and proteins of high biological value, oilseeds represent a super interesting kind of food from the nutritional point of view as they are energetic and complete.

However, what has made oilseeds very popular among wellness lovers is their incredible antioxidant power: these seeds contain vitamin E, minerals such as selenium and omega-3 unsaturated fats, 6 and 9, which perform very beneficial actions for our body.

Vitamin E and selenium protect the body from ageing by counteracting the oxidative action of the radicals towards the cell membranes. Unsaturated fatty acids omega-3, 6 and 9 are called “essential” because they are not synthesizable in the body, and as such they must be introduced through feeding: in addition to preventing the accumulation of triglycerides in the blood thus protecting the cardiovascular system, they defend intestinal mucous membranes, play an anti-inflammatory action and increase the body’s immune response.

In addition to the above microelements, oil seeds contain B vitamins and good levels of minerals such as iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.

The oilseeds are also rich in complex carbohydrates, which contribute to the control of cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, as well as being essential in the regulation of digestive functions. Finally, oilseeds are naturally gluten-free, which is why are widely used in gluten-free diets.

Sunflowers Kernels

Sunflowers Kernels

ORIGIN: Not EU (Italy on request)

Also available toasted

Belonging to the Asteraceae family, this plant was domesticated around 1000 BC. from the Indios of northern Mexico who considered it the image of the god of the sun of which they used to make reproductions in gold.
The main characteristic that distinguishes them from other seeds is their content of folic acid, particularly useful in pregnancy for the proper development of the baby.
Sunflower seeds are used industrially for the production of oil, but the uses of kernels in the kitchen can be many. Slightly toasted (and, if desired, salted), sunflower seeds can be a healthy snack or be added to muesli. Besides, they can be used for the preparation of pesto or spreads and are an excellent ingredient to add to salads, rice or cereal-based dishes, soups or soups. Finally, they are excellent for home-made bread and other baked products, such as crackers or breadsticks.

Pumpkin Kernels

Pumpknin Kernels

ORIGIN: Not EU (EU only on request)

Also available toasted

Pumpkin seeds are harvested from the fruits of some plants of the Cucurbitaceae family. Cultivated surely by different populations such as Egyptians, Arabs and Greeks, during the ancient Roman empire pumpkins represented a vegetable dedicated to the feeding of the poorer classes but also material for tools. Starting from the 16th century, the popularity of this food increased as a result of the importation of different unknown varieties from the new world.

Thanks to the high content of tryptophan, an amino acid precursor of serotonin, pumpkin seeds support the nervous system helping to dissipate stress and recover lost sleep. Besides, pumpkin seeds help to alkalize the body’s PH and are therefore considered a true natural anti-inflammatory.

Pumpkin kernels represent an excellent ingredient in the kitchen both natural and toasted, with or without salt added. As well as other oilseeds, moreover, they can be ground to create a kind of flour, or soaked to create vegan butter. In quality of natural and very nutritious food, pumpkin kernels are a tasty snack but can also be used to enrich the muësli in yoghurt in the morning, to flavour salads and vegetable soups, in bread dough and focaccia. Finally, they are also excellent for the preparation of biscuits and energy bars, combined with other seeds and dried fruit.

White & Black Sesame

White & Black Sesame

ORIGIN: Not EU

Also available toasted

Sesame is an annual herbaceous plant of the Pedaliaceae family, which was cultivated already 5000 years ago in the Indian subcontinent. In addition to being used for medicinal, cosmetic and religious purposes, it is an essential food that finds space in a wide range of recipes.

Thanks to the strong presence of calcium, sesame seeds are incredibly beneficial for the bones so much to be considered natural supplements; moreover, they possess potent antioxidant properties thanks to their content of phytic acid and lignans.
In the kitchen, sesame seeds are a versatile ally of a thousand uses. They are the main ingredient for the preparation of tahini sauce, a Middle Eastern seasoning usually used to accompany falafel, but also of Gomasio, an excellent alternative from the Japanese tradition to cooking salt. You can also add them to summer salads or soups and can also be incorporated into the mixture of bread, breadsticks and crackers or use them to make the breading and to gratin the vegetables. Finally, along with honey, sesame is a common ingredient for desserts, especially in North African gastronomy.

Brown & Yellow Flax

Brown & Yellow Flax

ORIGIN: Italy Supply Chain (EU and not EU only on request)

Also available toasted

Annual herbaceous plant of the Linaceae family, flax is characterised by beautiful and delicate blue flowers, while the fruits are capsules containing the small seeds of colour that can vary from yellow to brown. Flax has been cultivated since the dawn of civilisation, especially for obtaining fabric, and was already identified by Hippocrates as a plant with great curative power, in particular for the emollient and protective properties of the seeds.

One of the peculiarities of flax seeds is the presence of mucilages, complex carbohydrates that play a soothing action on the tissues of the intestine and stimulate motility thanks to their ability to absorb water and swell. Flax seeds are also often used in cosmetics and hair care.

Being the taste of flax seeds very neutral and delicate, in the kitchen can be used as such or crushed with pestle and mortar and, like most oilseeds, flax seeds are perfect for enriching salads, soups, muësli or l dough of homemade bread. Finally, they are excellent together with other ingredients for carminative or laxative teas.

Flax Seed Flour

Flax Seed Flour (only on request on request)

ORIGIN: EU

The flaxseed flour is obtained from the milling of the whole seeds and shows a coarse, oily to the touch granulometry. It is recommended to keep it protected from light, air and heat sources because it tends to oxidise and become stale quickly due to the presence of fat.

Flaxseed flour is a valuable ally for many recipes: it is possible to add it to the dough of sweet baked products (biscuits, cakes, sweets) and for salty foods (bread, breadsticks, savoury cakes). Flaxseed flour can be used in the same way as whole wheat seeds, in addition to muesli, soups or salads.

Hemp Seed Flour

Hemp Seed Flour
(only on request)

ORIGIN: EU

In the kitchen, hemp flour lends itself to different uses: its nutty flavour makes it suitable for both sweet and savoury preparations, always in combination with other flours. Indeed, it is a great ingredient to prepare bread and rolls, pies, cakes, biscuits and pasta. Also, it can be used to thicken puddings and soups, to flour and breading or as a protein supplement in extracts and smoothies.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

ORIGIN: not EU

Obtained from the Salvia Hispanica plant that grows wild in Mexico and the Andean regions, Chia seeds are widespread and used throughout Central and South America, where they were known already at the time of pre-Columbian civilisations. However, only recently these seeds have been introduced into western food as a result of evidence of their nutritional virtues.

The properties of Chia seeds are many: in addition to presenting a significant content of vitamins, minerals and proteins, it is one of the richest seeds of essential fatty acids, beneficial for the prevention of diseases related to the cardiovascular system. Similarly to flax seeds, chia seeds’ main characteristic is the presence of mucilages, complex carbohydrates that play a soothing action on the tissues of the intestine and stimulate motility thanks to their ability to absorb water and swell. Chia seeds are also often used in diets and detoxification cycles.

Very small, crisp and with a somewhat neutral flavour, Chia seeds can be added to the breakfast muësli, fruit and vegetable smoothies or accompanied with cereals and other seeds for a healthy and nutritious snack during the day. They can be among the ingredients for the home-made preparation of wholemeal bread, used as a condiment mainly for salads, or as a decorative but nutritious element on paté and fresh vegetables canapes.

Poppy Seeds

Poppy Seeds

ORIGIN: not EU

Poppy seeds are obtained from the capsules of Papaver somniferum, annual plant of the family Papaveraceae and one of the first spices grown by man. Moreover, in ancient times it was thought that the seeds from this plant had magical powers and were, therefore, kept in pockets, like lucky charms.

The poppy seeds contain many beneficial substances and are great allies to maintain proper functioning of our body.

Poppy seeds are particularly common in Europe, India – especially in the Moghul and Bengal cuisine where they are often used in sauces and condiments – and in Japan where the ground seeds enter the composition of the Shichimi togarashi mixture. In our local cuisine, they are excellent especially as an additional and decorative ingredient in the preparation of homemade bread, crackers, cakes and biscuits and are among the typical components often used in strudel, bagels and pretzels. They can, however, also enrich the muësli for breakfast, smoothies, couscous, bulgur and rice salads or serve as a garnish for veloutés and soups.