Rice fields

Larizzate is a village in the Vercelli plain, at the gates of the Grange road. The term "Grange", of French and Cistercian origin, takes us back to the Middle Ages, to ancient farms first linked to monasteries and the reclamation of marshy areas.


Rice fields

The Cistercian monks, in addition to the great spiritual renewal of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and the crusading movement, were promoters of a massive agricultural revival. As they were builders of the great cathedrals, in the mean time were skilled agronomists and introduced the three-year rotation concept. However the use of the "grange" is spread mostly from the end of the '500 and early' 600, when the land nobility of Piedmont began to build in the area big agricultural complex of previous farmsteads called grange, with the aim to accommodate workers and store the harvest. The grange, closed square on each side, also served as centers of defense against robbers who populated the dense surrounding woods. This is the area of rice fields, where for all these past centuries, the land is divided into green-blue rectangles, reflecting the sunrays and the passage of clouds, which glide slow or fast depending on the winds, white or dark depending on season and time. The rice fields love the rain, but fear the cold. Ancient harmonies and ancient stories, then. Incidentally the name Larizzate appears in a document of the late fifteenth century by the way of a dispute between a landlord and tenants of a farm, this states since then the rice crop in this area. Rice cultivation, as all agricultural work, follows its own rhythm within the seasons. The operations are performed in certain months and then resume again, as when the concept of time was circular and non-linear. In late autumn are based levees between rice paddies, ditches sprinklers are cleaned and drained, crop plans are leveled. Plowing is always performed during fall. In Italy rice planting time occurs during the months of April and May, then spring. Since the rice has to be cultivated under conditions of submersion, in early April the rice fields are covered with water In late August the plant completes its maturation, after months of hot and muggy weather. The harvest takes place between late summer and autumn. This brief overview takes us back to the memory of weeders, their effort, their beautiful songs. A young, beautiful Silvana Mangano still natural and wild in "Bitter Rice". Once rice cultivation called to mind poverty and exploitation, while nowadays care of the land, production and rice consumption refer to an excellent resource and a great culinary sophistication.
Following the wake of the local historical tradition, in the rice fields of the Rosso family, rice typical species of Vercelli, Carnaroli and Baldo, are cultivated. Rice is lightly refined , in order to leave around the grain precious nutrients, that helps the compactness of the grain during cooking and allow to appreciate the flavor even with a simple boiling. Naturalia also produces Thaibonet rice, in addition to rice, barley and soybeans are grown, according to the rotation cycle, to avoid over-exploitation of the land, as a key approach respectful of the agricultural site, which reminds us of ancient methods, when the man, nature and the land, cultivated with effort and love, lived in balance and harmony. And everything was natural.