Biancoperla Stone Ground White Corn Polenta - 1.1 pounds - Veneto, Italy
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Stone ground, white corn polenta, made from the rare, heirloom variety of corn called Biancoperla. In the 1950s, the more productive, hardier hybrid corn varieties replaced the open-pollinated varieties like Biancoperla, which where more difficult to grow, and have lower yields. However, some farmers continued to cultivate the white corn and passed down the seeds from generation to generation. But Biancoperla is also known for its delicate flavor. While other more high-yielding varieties of corn for polenta came to be cultivated in this and other parts of Italy, a few careful farmers in Veneto region continued to grow this prized corn varietal; Biancoperla, which has tapering, elongated cobs with large, bright, pearly-white kernels. This variety was most widely planted during the second half of the 19th century, and even in 1950 it still covered over 50,000 hectares of land.
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