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We wanted to put our two sense
In each phase of the growth of corn
In order to understand what it means
To cultivate, in its purest form, the varieties
Which interest us most.
“Who reads knows a lot,
But the one who observes
knows even more.”
Alexandre Dumas

The experiment at





The pile of books on corn, ears and corncobs - on our nightstands for months, wasn’t enough...

Just as Alexandre Dumas wrote, we agree that “he who reads is knowledgeable, but he who observes knows much more”. We wanted to put our two sense into learning about the corn-growing process and investigating what it really means to cultivate the varieties we are most interested in: at mura_mura, we have decided to devote part of our land to the growing of the antique Piedmontese corn, “the Pignoletto Rosso.” Since we now grow it ourselves, we are able to have the Pignoletto in its purest form, avoiding cross-contamination and thus the formation of hybrid forms.

Mura Mura’s lands, in fact, are located far away from other corn-growing sites, making it the ideal place for us to cultivate - and preserve - the Pignoletto. Year after year, we are not only able to use the “pure” grains to study this strain of corn, but also to further the plant’s development and grow the crops. It is a task similar to that performed by the wise farmers of the 1950s - farmers who cultivated small portions of the land with the goal to preserve and pass down antique varieties of corn. Thanks to their efforts, we are now able to rediscover these antique varieties with the same curiosity and dedication!
 

“Reminiscing about my childhood, I remember my grandmother who only ate polenta when it was made with “Pignoletto” corn. If it wasn’t made with the Pignoletto, she wouldn’t touch the grain: “The other types of corn are not worthy of satisfying the hunger of a human” she used to say.”

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