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From the Farm Gate by Natalie Tydd
The 2006 durum wheat harvest, that took a little over two weeks to complete, was the culmination of months of hard work and planning, the ultimate goal being to produce a plump, golden grain high in protein and gluten strength with no chemical residue. Pasta quality is dependent on the durum characteristics as there are only two main ingredients in pasta -semolina and water. The 2006 growing season was plagued by drought, little to no rainfall meant many farmers were grateful to harvest at all, the result being a significant shortage of quality Australian durum wheat on the market. However, though the Bellata Gold yields were slightly down on previous years due to the lack of rainfall, the quality of the grain harvested is first-class. Owner, Doug Cush, believes the 2006/07 pasta produced will be a particularly good vintage, believing that the grain will have even more natural flavour than previous years due to the dry growing conditions. Once again the unique 100% traceability from the farm through to pasta production has ensured that Bellata Gold pasta quality and supply remains consistent from one season to the next.