Farro di Montelone di Spoleto DOP is a very ancient cereal which grows on the mountains of Central Italy, in Umbria, in the South-Eastern part of the province of Perugia. Altitude and the peculiar terrains which prevent the stagnation of waters characterize this kind of cereal with short, flat and tapered ears.
Archaeological evidence shows that spelt was grown in Umbria since II century BC, when it was used as a "coin" to pay tributes in kind. Over the years, it was replaced by grain in the taste of people and came to be considered, after World War II, as food for horses.This did not actually happen in Monteleone di Spoleto, a very small medieval mountain municipality, where, due to the difficulties in communications, people did not change their traditions.
Today, this kind of spelt has been rediscovered and it is one of the most appreciated products from Central Italy.
It is a cereal rich in vitamins and minerals, and it is the basis of soups and local dishes such as Polenta della Valnerina and imbrecciata.
Spelt is also the objet of ceremony taking place every year. The priest of the San Nicola church makes a soup in large cauldron and he gives it to the children at midday. The event refers to the lag end telling that when Saint Nicholas arrived in Monteleone, was impressed by the poverty of people, started giving them spelt.