Winter is the perfect season to visit Garfagnana, the mountainous area of Lucca. As you explore, you can discover small ancient towns, walk in the woods or over rocky crests and beat the chill with a hearty and warm spelt and beans soup.
Spelt is the most famous food product in Garfagnana and also one of the oldest grains in the world. Cultivated as early as 7000 BC, spelt has lower nutritional requirements than other grains and therefore is suitable for mountains’ soils.
Until a few years ago it was at risk of extinction, but due to good regional agricultural policies and obtaining the IGP designation, the Garfagnana spelt cultivation has expanded and the market demand increased. Today it's considered the best spelt variety in the world. Among local recipes with spelt, the zuppa di farro alla Garfagnina is of course one of the most beloved. You can travel to the Lucca mountains to taste it or bring Garfagnana to your home with this recipe by Alice del Re. Thanks Alice!