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Chock full of protein and minerals, lentils are widely considered a powerful superfood. We’d like to think that’s why Italians traditionally eat lentils on New Year’s Eve to guarantee a prosperous and bountiful year to come - but it could just be because they reminded the Romans of tiny gold coins.  

La Valletta’s Lenticchie degli Altopiani di Colfiorito are small in size but full of earthy rich flavor, which, according to our producer Rosalba Cappelletti, is because of the high altitude and fertile soils on the plateau in eastern Umbria where they are cultivated. La Valletta grows a soft-skinned variety of lentils called arlecchino (or harlequin in English); their name comes from the fact that they are colored all different shades of brown and pale green.

Aside from enjoying them as an auspicious side dish for your New Year’s feast, they also make a delicious warm-weather salad with a bit of fresh tomato, celery, and olive oil. Add them to your favorite vegetables for a hearty lentil soup, or mix them into any pasta dish for an extra nutritious boost. We can’t guarantee they’ll bring you riches, but we can guarantee you’ll be making a traditional choice for good health!  

La Valletta is a family-run company in Umbria that uses sustainable processes to grow the exceptional grains and legumes that form the cornerstone of rural Umbrian cuisine. Founded in 1985 by Antonio and Adriana Cappelletti, the company is now run by their children, brother and sister team Alessandro and Rosalba, in the tiny village of Colfiorito. La Valletta is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of plants native to the Colfiorito Plateau, an area of rolling green fields on the border of Umbria and Le Marche. On their 100 acres, the Cappelletti family is proud to cultivate pearled barley, farro, purgatorio beans, chickpeas, cicerchie, lentils and borlotti beans - all healthy grains and legumes that are part of the Mediterranean diet and represent the taste of Umbria, a land full of history and tradition.

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