This kind of grain is so ancient that its presence in the area of Cilento can be dated back to the times of the Roman Empire. Probably its name comes from the words “grano tosella” (that is, a small, semi shaved and smooth head) and “caruso” (meaning a shaved boy) regarding to the ear of the corn which seems to be shaved as it has short ears on top.
Carosella soft wheat is a widespread wheat variety in Cilento and Southern Italy and it is believed to have been growing since the times of the Roman Empire.
Its plant is at least one meter high. The yellow-orange grain shape is small, tapered, light and shining. Actually, the grains are near to the ear of the corn which is long and slender. The vernacular name is “Carusedda” and it comes from “grano tosello” (trimmed wheat) meaning shaved or smooth head.
Due to its grains, Carosella flour has a plain white color as well as a soft and fine texture. It has a nutty, sweet flavor too. Carosella flour can be used to make sweets, pizza, pasta, and bread.