The Best Ancient Grains: Exploring Sicily's Unrivaled Wheat Heritage

Sicily's idyllic climate cradles the world's most precious ancient grain heritage, a bountiful diversity that once fueled great empires like Rome to new heights. Papa Vince's stone-ground pasta preserves this storied legacy, offering a culinary odyssey through the island's treasured wheat varieties. Savor the flavors and nutrition that have sustained civilizations for centuries. Learn more!

The Best Ancient Grains

Could a grain cultivated thousands of years ago be the answer to modern health problems?

At Papa Vince, we believe so. In a world where nutrition often comes at the expense of history, Sicilian ancient grains stand out as a beacon of health and heritage. These grains are not only nutritious but also deeply rooted in centuries-old traditions.

Could ancient grains solve modern health problems?


But what makes Sicily and Papa Vince the best sources for these ancient grains?

This blog will explain why Sicily is considered the breadbasket of the best heirloom grains, both in ancient times and today, and how Papa Vince is the only brand in the world that produces stone-ground ancient grain pasta.

Did you know that Sicily is home to over 50% of the world's ancient grain varieties?

Moreover, Sicily's unique climate means that its ancient grains are the only ones in the world that are naturally mycotoxin-free without the need for fungicides.

This unique climate allows Papa Vince to produce stone-ground wheat that supplies the rest of the world with nutrient-dense, truly whole grains.

Papa Vince’s rich artisanal milling heritage ensures that these grains retain their full nutritional value.

Why are Sicily and Papa Vince the best sources for ancient grains?


When you choose our pasta, you're not just opting for a nutritious meal—you're embracing a tradition of health, flavor, and sustainability that stands unrivaled in the market.

Let’s take a journey into Sicily’s rich agricultural heritage and discover how these heirloom grains, brought to you exclusively by Papa Vince, can revolutionize your diet.

What are the finest ancient grains?

Heirloom grains have garnered significant attention for their rich nutritional profile, historical significance, and minimal genetic modification compared to modern wheat varieties. The term “heirloom” is interchangeable with “ancient”, so it is in reference to the same thing!

Examples include spelt, einkorn, emmer, teff, and farro.

Ancient Grains

1. Khorasan Wheat (Kamut)

- Nutritional Benefits: High in protein, fiber, and essential minerals.

- Benefits: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and better digestibility due to its weaker gluten structure compared to modern wheat. As one of the most ancient wheats, Khorasan is the most "wild" and natural wheat, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities because it has barely been modified by humans.

2. Tumminia

- Nutritional Benefits: Low glycemic index, high in fiber and protein.

- Benefits: Known for being diabetic-friendly due to its low glycemic index. Tumminia offers sustained energy and supports digestive health.

3. Russello

- Nutritional Benefits: Rich in essential nutrients and high in fiber.

- Benefits: Helps maintain a healthy digestive system and provides essential nutrients. Russello is particularly valued for its nutritional integrity and its ability to be stored without fungicides due to Sicily’s unique climate.

4. Einkorn

- Nutritional Benefits: Contains higher levels of protein, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.

- Benefits: More digestible gluten, which is beneficial for individuals with gluten sensitivities.

5. Emmer

- Nutritional Benefits: Rich in fiber, magnesium, and iron.

- Benefits: Lower glycemic index, helping in blood sugar management.

6. Farro

- Nutritional Benefits: High in fiber, protein, and vitamins.

- Benefits: Supports digestive health and provides sustained energy.

What are the best ancient grains?

Sicily's Unique Position

Sicily is considered a global hub for heirloom wheat varieties for several reasons:

1. Agricultural Heritage

- Sicily's climate and soil conditions are ideal for growing a wide range of ancient grains. Over 50% of the world’s heirloom wheat varieties are found on this island, thanks to its incredible diversity of microclimates. As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily offers numerous pockets for genetic diversity and adaptation. 

2. Conservation Efforts

- Institutions like CREA (Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops of Acireale) have played a crucial role in conserving and repopulating traditional grains in Sicily, it is kind of like a whole grains council!

Many of these heirloom grains were discovered in farmers’ sheds, preserved over generations. These grains have shown remarkable tolerance to both biotic and abiotic stresses, contributing to their resurgence.

3. Traditional Processing Methods

- Sicily is the only place in the world where stone grinding is possible without the need for fungicides, due to its hot and dry climate and rich artisanal heritage. Stone grinding preserves the bran, germ, and endosperm of the grain, maintaining its nutritional integrity. This method results in flour that is nutritionally complete and contributes to a lower glycemic index and better overall benefits.

Why is Sicily unique for ancient grains?


However, the problem with these grains grown outside of Sicily is that once milled, their nutrition expires.

Once you refine any grain (even an ancient one), the nutritional benefit is not preserved unless it is stone-ground and immediately used to make fresh pasta that, once dried, can naturally preserve the nutrition. This is why Sicily is the best: it's the only place where this is possible.

The rest of the grain producers, including those in the USA, Canada, France, Northern Italy, and Ukraine, are in cold and damp climates that necessitate fungicide use and steel milling.

Why can't other producers stone grind grains?


In these environments, stone grinding has been discontinued because of fungus growth problems. Stone grinding of grains in such climates can lead to the growth of fungi and the production of mycotoxins if fungicides are not used.

This is due to several factors:

1. Moisture content:

Grains naturally contain some moisture, and stone grinding can generate heat, which may increase the moisture content of the ground grains. In cold and damp environments, the excess moisture is not easily evaporated, creating favorable conditions for fungal growth.

2. Fungal spores:

Fungi are ubiquitous in the environment, and their spores can be present on the surface of grains. When grains are stone-ground, these spores can be distributed throughout the ground product.

3. Nutrient availability:

Stone-ground grains are rich in nutrients, such as carbohydrates and proteins, which can serve as a food source for fungi. When grains are ground, the increased surface area makes these nutrients more accessible to fungal growth.

This is why modern millers and modern grains have chosen to steel refine all grains to completely eliminate all naturally occurring nutrition and therefore the risk of contamination.

If you want to learn more about why modern millers have chosen to do this and why American pasta is enriched, go to this blog post! 

4. Temperature:

Cold environments may not provide enough heat to kill fungal spores during the grinding process, allowing them to survive and grow in the ground grains.

5. Storage conditions:

If the stone-ground grains are not dried adequately or stored in humid conditions, fungal growth can continue even after the grinding process.

Fungal growth in stone-ground grains can lead to the production of mycotoxins, which are toxic substances that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals when consumed.

To prevent this, fungicides are often used when stone grinding grains in cold and damp environments.

One of the main reasons grains are steel milled and refined is to reduce the risk of fungal growth and mycotoxin production.

Why are modern grains refined?


Steel milling and refining processes offer several advantages over traditional stone grinding:

1. Lower moisture content:

Steel roller mills generate less heat compared to stone grinding, which results in a lower moisture content in the milled grains. This reduces the risk of fungal growth during and after the milling process.

However, it’s crucial to note that our stone grinding method is "cold stone grinding," preserving all the heat-sensitive antioxidants and polyphenols.

It's not the heat of the grinding itself that affects the moisture; it's the climate.

Steel refining eliminates all nutrition not just because it refines things into a powder but also because it does so at high heat.

2. Separation of grain components:

Steel milling allows for the efficient separation of the endosperm (the starchy part of the grain) from the bran (outer layer) and germ (nutrient-rich embryo). The bran and germ are more susceptible to fungal growth due to their higher moisture content and nutrient composition.

By removing these components, the refined endosperm is less likely to support fungal growth, but you are throwing out all the nutrition and fiber.

3. Improved storage stability:

Refined grains have a longer shelf life compared to whole grains because the removal of the bran and germ reduces the risk of rancidity and fungal growth during storage. However, this comes at the cost of significant nutritional loss.

4. Consistent particle size:

Steel milling produces grains with a more consistent particle size, which allows for better control over the final product's quality and reduces the risk of moisture accumulation in certain areas of the milled grains.

However, it is important to note that the refining process also removes valuable nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, as well as heat-sensitive antioxidants and polyphenols.

 This is why whole grains are significantly more nutritious than refined grains.

Modern refined grains are often bleached, eliminating any remaining nutrients. If you want to unravel the differences between bleached and unbleached grains check out ourabout this here!

In hot and dry climates like Sicily, stone-ground pasta can be made without the need for refining, preserving the nutrients found in whole grains. No refined grains here!

This is possible due to several factors related to the climate and the pasta-making process:

1. Low moisture content:

The hot and dry climate in Sicily helps to keep the moisture content of the grains low. When the grains are stone-ground, the heat generated during the process is quickly dissipated in the dry environment, preventing moisture accumulation in the ground grains. This reduces the risk of fungal growth and mycotoxin production, eliminating the need for refining.

2. Quick processing:

In traditional Sicilian pasta-making, the whole grain kernels are stone-ground and immediately used to make pasta. This short time between grinding and pasta production minimizes the opportunity for fungal growth, as the ground grains are not stored for an extended period.

3. Nutrient retention:

By using the whole grain kernels in the pasta-making process, all the nutrients found in the bran, germ, and endosperm are retained in the final product. This includes fiber, vitamins (such as B vitamins and vitamin E), minerals (like iron, magnesium, and zinc), and phytochemicals (beneficial plant compounds).

 4. Traditional drying methods:

After the pasta is made, it is often dried using traditional methods that rely on the hot and dry climate. This process further reduces the moisture content of the pasta, making it less susceptible to fungal growth during storage.

The combination of the favorable climate, quick processing, and traditional drying methods allows for the production of nutritious, whole-grain pasta without the need for refining. T

his results in a pasta that retains the natural nutrients and flavors of the whole grains, providing a healthier alternative to refined pasta.

At Papa Vince, we stone-grind the grain kernels only when we need more pasta. This means that all the nutrition is preserved in the form of the grain kernel before milling.

If we were to stone-grind the grains into flour beforehand, the nutrition would quickly get depleted.

By eliminating the time lag between flour and pasta making, all the nutrition is preserved, and our nutritional panels are proof of this.

You can see the superior nutritional benefits of our pasta in our lab tests and product listings.

For more detailed information about our pasta’s nutritional benefits, you can visit our on the Papa Vince website and for info on our lab tests, you can click here! 

Embrace the unique, nutrient-dense qualities of Sicilian stone-ground pasta and experience the difference for yourself.

Why Sicily?

Sicily stands out as a premier location for heirloom grains due to its unique agricultural heritage, climate, and conservation efforts. The island is renowned for its diverse heirloom wheat varieties, including Timilia, Russello, and Khorasan, which have been preserved and are now being reintroduced to agriculture.

Why Sicily?


At Papa Vince, we leverage this unique heritage to produce the ONLY stone-ground heirloom grain pasta, offering unparalleled nutritional benefits.

Heirloom grains from Sicily offer superior nutritional benefits due to their high levels of proteins, fibers, and essential nutrients.

Studies have shown that these grains exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can lead to improved metabolic health and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.

Read more about the studies and health benefits of heirloom grains in this blog post!

Sicily’s dedication to preserving and promoting heirloom wheat varieties, combined with its unique climate and traditional processing methods, makes it an unparalleled source for the best heirloom grains.

These grains not only offer significant health benefits but also support sustainable and ethical agricultural practices. Embracing these heirloom grains can lead to healthier dietary choices and a deeper appreciation for traditional agricultural methods.

For those looking to experience the full nutritional benefits of heirloom grains, Sicilian stone-ground pasta, such as that from Papa Vince, stands out as a unique and superior choice, offering a taste of history and health in every bite.

Remember, Papa Vince is the ONLY stone-ground ancient grain pasta available on the market today, preserving all the natural nutrients and delivering unmatched quality.

By choosing Papa Vince pasta, you are not only savoring a delicious and nutritious meal but also supporting sustainable farming practices and the preservation of ancient agricultural traditions.

Papa Vince's Difference


Experience the unique, nutrient-dense qualities of our Sicilian stone-ground pasta and discover the difference for yourself.

What are Ancient Grains?

Ancient grains are traditional or heritage varieties of grains that have been cultivated for centuries, retaining their original genetic composition; the term “heirloom” can also be used in reference to these grains.

What are ancient grains?


Unlike modern hybridized grains, which have undergone intensive breeding practices involving gamma ray radiation, heirloom grains such as spelt, einkorn, emmer, teff, and farro have remained largely unchanged.

This means they have not been modified to the same extent and maintain their natural characteristics.

These grains are known for their unique flavors, higher nutritional content, and potential health benefits, including higher levels of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.

Additionally, heirloom grains do not necessitate the use of pesticides, fertilizers, or intensive irrigation because they are more resilient and adapted to grow naturally. This makes them not only a healthier choice but also a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option.

Why are Ancient Grains Important?

Heirloom grains hold significant importance due to their superior nutritional profile and historical relevance. They have been a staple in traditional diets and are experiencing a resurgence in modern diets because of their benefits.

Heirloom grains are valued for their higher levels of essential nutrients, lower gluten content, and less alteration by modern agricultural practices, making them more digestible and beneficial compared to modern wheat varieties.

Why are ancient grains so important?


To understand more about the benefits of ancient grains and why modern whole grains often require fortification, read our detailed blog post on fortified pasta!

Sicily, with its unique history, climate, and cultivation practices, is the ideal home for heirloom grains. The island's dedication to preserving heirloom wheat varieties, along with its favorable growing conditions and traditional processing methods, ensures that Sicilian grains are among the finest in the world.

 Embrace the rich heritage and superior benefits of Sicilian heirloom grains with every bite of Papa Vince pasta.

Why is Sicily the World's Best Source of heirloom grains?

Sicily's climate and geography provide perfect conditions for cultivating heirloom grains. The island benefits from a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers, which is ideal for growing a variety of grains. 

Why is Sicily the world's best source of ancient grains?


Moreover, this unique climate ensures that Sicilian heirloom grains are naturally mycotoxin-free without the need for fungicides. The hot, dry conditions also enable traditional stone grinding, preserving the full nutritional integrity of the grains.

The diverse microclimates across the island allow for the cultivation of numerous heirloom wheat varieties, each adapted to specific local conditions.

Sicily boasts over 50 distinct microclimates, contributing to the resilience and nutritional value of the grains grown here.

This rich biodiversity makes Sicily a treasure trove of heirloom grains.

Imagine waking up in a sun-drenched Sicilian landscape, where the air carries the scent of the sea and fertile earth. This idyllic setting is where our heirloom grains thrive. When you choose heirloom grains from Sicily, you're not just getting superior nutrition—you're embracing a legacy nurtured by nature's best conditions.

Sicily's Unparalleled Heirloom Wheat Variety

Sicily is home to an extraordinary array of heirloom wheat varieties, surpassing many other regions in terms of diversity. To further illustrate the genetic diversity and richness of Sicilian wheat varieties, we turn to research.

The study titled Elucidating the Genetic Relationships on the Original Old Sicilian Triticum Spp, highlights the vast genetic variation within Sicilian wheat, emphasizing the island's unique position as a global hub for heirloom grains.

By choosing Papa Vince, you are not only supporting a product of exceptional quality but also contributing to the preservation of this invaluable genetic heritage.

To continue, these varieties have been maintained through careful conservation efforts and traditional farming practices, ensuring their survival and availability. The importance of preserving these heirloom varieties lies in their superior nutritional and cultural value.

Picture a world where these grains are lost—where the rich, nutty flavors and benefits they offer are replaced by bland, nutritionally inferior alternatives. Many of these heirloom grains could have been lost forever, left forgotten in farmers' sheds.

Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, these valuable grains have been rediscovered and are now being reintroduced to agriculture, ensuring that their unique qualities and benefits continue to enrich our diets.

By continuing to cultivate and promote these heirloom grains, Sicily not only supports sustainable agriculture but also preserves a vital part of its cultural heritage, providing a unique and rich food source for future generations.

When you enjoy our pasta made from Sicilian heirloom grains, you are part of a movement that honors tradition, promotes health, and supports sustainability.

Each bite is a testament to centuries of careful cultivation and respect for nature.

Nutritional Benefits of Sicilian Heirloom Grains

Sicilian heirloom grains, such as Timilia, Russello, and Khorasan, are celebrated for their exceptional nutritional profiles. These grains are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and fibers. They contain higher levels of protein, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids compared to modern wheat varieties.

The unique composition of these grains contributes to their anti-inflammatory properties and positive impact on metabolic health, including improved cholesterol and glucose levels.

Sicily boasts over 50 distinct mircroclimates

Preservation of Nutrients Through Traditional Methods

The traditional cultivation and processing methods used in Sicily play a crucial role in preserving the nutritional benefits of heirloom grains. By avoiding synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and using time-honored techniques like stone grinding, these grains maintain their nutritional richness.

The slower, more deliberate processing methods ensure that the grains’ natural vitamins, minerals, and fibers are preserved, offering a more wholesome and beneficial product.

Sicily is the only place in the world where stone grinding is possible without the need for fungicides, due to its hot and dry climate and rich artisanal heritage.

This method contrasts sharply with modern milling processes, which often strip away essential nutrients and fiber.

Stone grinding preserves the bran, germ, and endosperm, ensuring that the flour produced is nutritionally complete and contributes to a lower glycemic index and better overall health benefits.

By choosing Sicilian heirloom grains, you are opting for a product that is not only nutritionally superior but also kinder to your digestive system. These grains embody a legacy of quality and care, cultivated in the rich soils and favorable climates of Sicily, and processed with techniques that honor their natural goodness.

Embrace the difference with every bite of Papa Vince pasta, and experience the superior taste and benefits of Sicilian heirloom grains.

For those curious about the broader historical and agricultural changes that have impacted grain quality, check out this blog post on the Papa Vince website that  provides an extensive discussion on the shift from ancient to modern wheat and the influence of historical events on grain cultivation.

In conclusion, Sicily’s dedication to maintaining its heirloom wheat varieties, combined with its perfect growing conditions, makes it the world's best source for heirloom grains. These grains not only offer exceptional benefits but also a connection to a rich cultural heritage.

With Papa Vince, you can savor the taste of history and health in every delicious bite. Papa Vince is proud to be the ONLY producer of stone-ground ancient grain pasta on the current market.

This unique process preserves the full nutritional integrity of the grains, delivering a pasta that is as nutritious as it is delicious.

How Has Sicily's Strategic Geography Influenced Ancient Grain Cultivation?

Heirloom Grains in the Roman Empire

Sicilian grains played a pivotal role in the Roman Empire, serving as a crucial food source that fueled both the military and the broader Roman economy.

In fact, Sicily, known as the "granary of the Roman Empire," provided substantial grain supplies essential for sustaining the Roman legions.

The Roman soldiers, each receiving their daily grain ration of approximately 900 grams, relied on the robust nutrition of Sicilian grains to maintain their endurance and combat effectiveness. No wonder the Romans had so much strength and endurance—their stone-ground Sicilian grain was loaded with nutrition.

This reliable food supply enabled Roman armies to march great distances and maintain their strength during prolonged campaigns, giving them a strategic advantage. Sicily's grains were not just sustenance but a cornerstone of the Roman diet and economy.

The island's fertile fields ensured that Rome's citizens and soldiers had a steady supply of nutritious food, bolstering the empire's expansion and stability. Rome needed Sicilian ancient grain so badly that it fought for hundreds of years to secure and maintain access to these valuable resources.

The historical significance of these grains highlights Sicily's vital contribution to one of history's greatest civilizations. 

How has Sicily's Strategic Geography Influenced Ancient Grain Cultivation?

Sicily's Strategic Geographical Significance

Sicily's geography has always played a strategic role in its history and the cultivation of heirloom grains. Located at the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been a crossroads for various cultures and civilizations.

This central position made it an ideal place for the exchange of goods, ideas, and agricultural practices. Over centuries, different peoples brought their own varieties of grains to the island, enriching Sicily's agricultural diversity.

The island's unique climate and fertile soil further enhanced its ability to produce high-quality grains. With its hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, Sicily provided the perfect conditions for growing and preserving heirloom grains.

These geographical advantages allowed Sicily to become a vital grain supplier for many ancient civilizations, not just Rome.

The Artisanal Traditions of Sicilian Grain Cultivation

While Sicily's geography laid the foundation for its agricultural success, the island's rich heritage of traditional farming and processing methods has also been crucial. These artisanal techniques, including stone grinding and slow drying processes, have been passed down through generations.

They preserve the nutritional integrity and flavor of the grains, emphasizing low agronomic input and sustainability.

Sicilian farmers, following age-old practices, tend to their crops with care and precision. The grains, nurtured by the island's unique climate and fertile soil, are harvested and processed using techniques that maintain their natural structure and enhance their flavor.

These methods ensure that Sicilian heirloom grains are more nutritious and flavorful compared to those processed through modern industrial methods.

For a deeper exploration of Sicily's cultural and historical significance, including its unique position within Italy, you can visit this blog post on the Papa Vince website.

By understanding Sicily's strategic geographical significance and the role of heirloom grains in its history, we gain a greater appreciation for the unique qualities and heritage of Sicilian heirloom grains.

When you enjoy our pasta made from these grains, you are part of a movement that honors tradition, promotes health, and supports sustainability. Each bite is a testament to centuries of careful cultivation and respect for nature.

How is Papa Vince Bringing Sicilian Heirloom Grains to the World?

The Mission of Papa Vince

Papa Vince is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of Sicilian ancient grains. The company focuses on maintaining traditional, artisanal methods of cultivation and processing, ensuring that the grains retain their natural nutritional profile and superior flavor.

Papa Vince is committed to sustainability and quality, prioritizing the use of organic farming practices that have been passed down through generations in Sicily.

Imagine a company that values heritage and health, one that believes in the power of nature's original grains. That’s Papa Vince.

Our mission is to bring the best of Sicily's ancient grains to your table, ensuring that every bite is packed with history, nutrition, and unbeatable flavor.

How is Papa Vince bringing Sicilian Heirloom Grains to the world?

Papa Vince's Stone-Ground Ancient Grain Pasta

One of Papa Vince's flagship products is their stone-ground ancient grain pasta.

This unique product is crafted using traditional stone grinding methods that preserve the bran, germ, and endosperm of the grain.

This process maintains the nutritional integrity of the grains, resulting in pasta that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibers.

All of papa Vince’s products are stoneground! We don’t take any shortcuts!

Think of the difference between freshly squeezed juice and store-bought concentrate. The stone grinding method used by Papa Vince is akin to that freshness, ensuring that all the natural goodness of the grains is retained.

Compared to conventional brands, Papa Vince's pasta offers superior taste and significant benefits due to the minimal processing and preservation of natural nutrients.

Nutritional Benefits and Superior Taste

Papa Vince's stone-ground ancient grain pasta stands out not just for its nutritional profile but also for its taste. The slow and careful processing allows the natural flavors of the grains to shine through, providing a hearty and satisfying experience.

Rich in essential nutrients, this pasta supports your health while delighting your palate.

When you choose Papa Vince's pasta, you're not just making a healthy choice; you're indulging in a product that embodies the care, tradition, and quality of Sicilian agriculture. It's a testament to the island’s heritage and a step towards a more nutritious and delicious future.

Why Choose Papa Vince Stone-Ground Pasta?

 Papa Vince is more than a brand; it's a bridge to the past, bringing the ancient grains of Sicily to the modern world.

Join us in celebrating this rich legacy with every meal.


Sicilian ancient grains are truly the best in the world due to their rich nutritional profile, traditional cultivation methods, and deep historical significance.

These grains, including varieties such as Timilia, Russello, and Perciasacchi, offer higher levels of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients compared to modern wheat.

The traditional methods of stone grinding and organic farming in Sicily help preserve these nutrients, ensuring the grains maintain their superior quality and flavor.

By choosing Papa Vince's stone-ground ancient grain pasta, you can experience the remarkable difference for yourself. This pasta not only offers enhanced nutritional benefits but also supports the preservation of artisanal traditions and the legacy of Sicilian ancient grains.

 Supporting companies like Papa Vince helps maintain these valuable agricultural practices and promotes a healthier, more sustainable diet.

When you choose Papa Vince, you're not just buying pasta; you're embracing a lifestyle of health, tradition, and exceptional quality.

Imagine savoring a bowl of pasta that’s not only delicious but also packed with natural nutrition. Every bite supports better digestion, reduces bloating, and provides essential nutrients your body needs.

The Promise of Quality and Satisfaction

 Papa Vince's stone-ground ancient grain pasta is crafted with the highest standards to ensure purity, health, and superior taste:

  • Organically grown, non-GMO ancient grains: Ensuring purity and health.
  • Stone-ground and bronze die-cut: Preserving nutritional integrity and delivering a superior texture.
  • Slow-carb and slow-food processes: Promoting better digestion and sustained energy.
  • No synthetic additives, folic acid, enrichment, or fortification: Everything you see on the nutritional panel (which is bursting with nutrients) is from nature, not a lab.

We stand by the taste and benefits of our pasta. If you're not completely satisfied, we offer a satisfaction guarantee. Our commitment is to your health and happiness.

Click here to purchase your ancient grain stone ground pasta, to learn more about the incredible health benefits of ancient grains, read customer reviews, and make your purchase.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to transform your diet with the pure, natural goodness of Sicilian ancient grains.

Unlock the full potential of your health with the rich, nutritious, and delicious stone ground pasta from Papa Vince. Your journey to better health and culinary delight starts here.

Try Papa Vince Stone Ground Pasta, today!

Try Papa Vince's one of a kind stone-ground ancient grain pasta and taste the heritage of Sicily in every bite.

Disclaimer: the content is this blog is for informational  purposes only and should NOT be taken as professional, medical advice. 


1. What are the most ideal ancient grains?

Sicilian ancient grains like Timilia, Russello, and Khorasan stand out for their unique flavors, health benefits, and exceptional nutritional profiles. Sicily's grains are not only rich in essential nutrients but also naturally free from mycotoxins due to the island's unique climate, which eliminates the need for fungicides. Additionally, Sicily is home to over 50% of the world's heirloom wheat varieties, thanks to its incredible biodiversity and diverse microclimates, making it a treasure trove of ancient grains.

2. Why is Sicily considered the world's best source of ancient grains?

Sicily's ideal Mediterranean climate, rich biodiversity, and commitment to preserving heirloom wheat varieties make it a premier location for ancient grains. What truly sets Sicily apart is its ability to produce stone-ground grains without the need for fungicides. The hot, dry climate ensures that the grains remain free from mycotoxins, while traditional stone grinding preserves the bran, germ, and endosperm, maintaining the full nutritional integrity of the grains. This unique combination of factors contributes to the superior quality and benefits of Sicilian ancient grains.

3. What makes Sicilian ancient grains superior to modern grains?

Sicilian ancient grains are celebrated for their higher levels of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids compared to modern wheat varieties. They retain their original genetic composition and are processed using traditional methods like stone grinding, which preserve their nutritional integrity and flavor, making them more beneficial for health and easier to digest.

4. How did ancient grains play a role in Sicily's history and culture?

Sicilian grains were crucial in the Roman Empire, providing sustenance to the military and the broader economy. Known as the "granary of the Roman Empire," Sicily's fertile fields supplied grain that supported the Roman legions. Traditional farming methods have been passed down through generations, ensuring the preservation of these ancient grains.

5. How is Papa Vince bringing Sicilian ancient grains to the world?

Papa Vince is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of Sicilian ancient grains. We focus on traditional, artisanal methods of cultivation and processing, such as stone grinding, to maintain the nutritional profile and flavor of the grains. Papa Vince’s stone-ground ancient grain pasta offers enhanced nutritional benefits, superior taste, and supports sustainable agricultural practices.


Date Accessed: 5/28/2024

 Elucidating the Genetic Relationship on the Original Old Sicilian Triticum Spp. Collection by SNP Genotyping.

Fiore MC, Blangiforti S, Preiti G, Spina A, Bosi S, Marotti I, Mauceri A, Puccio G, Sunseri F, Mercati F. Elucidating the Genetic Relationships on the Original Old Sicilian Triticum Spp. Collection by SNP Genotyping. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Nov 2;23(21):13378. doi: 10.3390/ijms232113378. PMID: 36362168; PMCID: PMC9694989.

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