Originally from Piedmont, Arborio rice takes its name from the locality of the same name in the province of Vercelli where this variety was selected for the first time in 1946. Alice Cerutti is one of the few rice growers to work with certified seeds and in a protected biodiversity environment. The Arborio of Cascina Oschiena is truly an arborio with all the trappings! Its very large and pearly grains allow a good degree of cooking and absorption, while its starch-rich core makes it the perfect creaming rice even without the addition of fat. A natural creaminess that gives risotto to perfection: tied and soft, with well-shelled and al dente grains.
Cooking time 14-16 minutes
Since 2008 in the centenary family farmhouse, Alice has been leading a project aiming to enhance and safeguard the territory where she works. All that while cultivating and producing extraordinary rices, some of which with exotic appeal such as whole-grain Venere and others with better known names, but with an extra gear: Carnaroli and Arborio of Cascina Oschiena may boast of the Classic appellation, a term reserved only for some historical Italian rice varieties and which guarantees that the rice contained in the package is 100% belongs to the declared variety. Yes, not all the boasted Carnaroli and Arborio are for real! Cascina Oschiena is a shining example of how producing high quality food and doing that in a sustainable way are two sides of the same coin. Rice is the end point, but Alice's overall vision was much broader. His idea of avant-garde rice cultivation was harmoniously expressed within the original architecture of the farmhouse. An efficient space where you can breathe the history of the place, where waste has been reduced to the bone and where you actively work with and for the environment. Some detail numbers? Over the past twelve years over 5,000 plants have been planted and more than 25 hectares of paddy fields, a quarter of the farm area, were converted into a natural oasis, thus protecting biodiversity and repopulating it with its fauna. An example? Black-tailed Godwits, rare traveling birds, resumed nesting in rice fields and so became the full-fledged unusual mascot and company symbol. Good rice is much more than cooking-keeping rice. It's also and above all that.