Yellow Polenta

$ 5.00

A finely milled product in the Italian style.  Stone-ground, whole-grain and freshly milled to order. A vegan product.

Polenta shares some similarities with grits. You can read an article I wrote on the subject here.

A USDA Certified Organic Product.

Click here for an easy polenta recipe.

Generally finished with finely grated Parmesan cheese.

Let's discuss polenta. Polenta predates corn's arrival in Italy. Before corn (Zea mays) was imported from the American continent to Europe, Europeans were making porridge out of a variety of grains and legumes. Polenta is Roman in origin. Buckwheat, farro (ancient wheat) spelt, and chickpeas were all foods used to make polenta. The name given to this dish of mush when it was prepared in the place we today call Italy was "polenta." Polenta is referred to by other names by other European cultures: In Romania it is called mamaliga, in France it is called l'escatoun.

Today it is not specified whether polenta is milled from field corn, it is assumed that it is, although some mills are still producing buckwheat and other varieties polenta.

To summarize: polenta is  a porridge made (generally) from corn. It is often finished with cheese. It could be fairly stated that polenta is Italian grits. If you were to serve grits to an Italian person, the would probably say, "oh, polenta."


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