La Bio Idea
La Bio Idea
Here at La BIO IDEA, we represent dedicated passionate producers of organic, Mediteranean, high quality products. Our organic products are produced on sunny Sicily and in other Mediterranean regions where tradition and craftsmanship are still the pride of the companies. Producing organic is a natural way of farming.

NEW: Timilia pasta

Ancient grains are forgotten varieties which have never been genetically modified by man. Therefore they have managed to keep their original nutritional values and taste.

Timilia (or Tumminia) is a very special ancient grain which is famous for its lower gluten content and easy digestibility. Timilia grain is recognisable by its dark coloured spikes.

Timilia is one of the oldest grain varieties which is currently only cultivated in Sicily. Ever since Roman times Sicily is considered the granary of Italy. At that time Timilia was still a widely grown crop all over Italy. However, with the emergence of new, more profitable wheats the cultivation of Timilia was largely abandoned. Therefore it was at risk of extinction. Only a few Sicilian farmers saw the importance of this variety and continued to grow Timilia despite the relative fragility of this crop. This way they made an significant contribution to the protection of the Sicilian biodiversity.

Timilia deserves to be rediscovered, not only because of its exceptional nutritional qualities but also because of its excellent taste. That was the reason for Angelo Barbagallo, our Sicilian pasta maker, to start making pasta from 100% organic whole Timilia flour. The grain for the pasta is stone milled to preserve nutritional values. Angelo gently kneads the special gray-coloured flour into dough for the pasta. The pasta is slowly formed by using bronze dies. Also the drying is done slowly at low temperatures. The Timilia fusilli that is produced this way is fragrant, full of flavour, nutritious and easy to digest.

New: Lime plus

With warm summer days  to come, La BIO IDEA provides a fresh touch! La BIO IDEA Lime Plus combines the juice of Mexican organic limes with the essential oil from the lime zest and pure spring water. Delicious to give freshness to your exotic dishes, fish, meat, desserts and fruit. Lime Plus is also the best alternative for fresh lime in cocktails and drinks. Just add a tiny bit to your plain drinking water and you will have the perfect refreshment on a warm day.

Recipe: Soup of white bean, leek and bacon

light lunch meal

Maybe pulses are not the first thing you think of when preparing lunch on a hot summers' day. Pity, because with pulses you can actually prepare tasty, light and healthy meals. Pulses are everybody's friend; very suitable for usage in cold and hot meals, low in fat and containing slow acting carbohydrates and many fibres for a long lasting digestion. Moreover, pulses are very convenient to use. La BIO IDEA has a wide assortment of ready-to-eat organic pulses, beans and lentils in can. Thanks to solely adding water and a hint of salt, La BIO IDEA's product are pure and natural. 

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If you save some space in your closet for this product, you can prepare a nice meal any moment you like. How about this soup with delicious small white cannelini beans from Italy, with leek and a little bit of smoked bacon and LA BIO IDEA's green pesto Genovese. If you don't like meat, then replace the bacon with crumbled feta cheese for a healthy vegetarian meal.

 

4 persons

Virgin olive oil, La BIO IDEA

125 gram organic bacon cubes vegetarian alternative: 125 gram crumbled feta, to be sparkled over the soup during serving.

1 big onion or 2 small ones

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 leek +/- 450 gram in rings

2 potatoes, shelled and cut into cubes

1 big carrot of +/- 150g, sliced

½ sweet/sour apple, shelled and cut into cubes

1 can of small white cannellini beans (400 gram) La BIO IDEA

2 laurel leafs

1 liter bouillon

3 spoons of Pesto Genovese, La BIO IDEA

2 spoons of chopped parsley 

Salt and pepper

* Heat up the olive oil in a deep casserole. Gently fry the bacon toghether with onion and garlic for 10 minutes on low fire.

* Add the leek, potato, carrot and apple and fry along for 5 minutes, while stirring. Add pepper and salt.

* Add half of the can of beans (including the brine), the laurel leafs and the bouillon and make it boil gently for 45-60 minutes, the lid covering the casserole.

* Remove the laurel leafs and blend the soup coarsely with a blender

* Add the pesto and the remaining beans and brine and stir firmly. Add some pepper. (no salt, because the bacon, bouillon and pesto already contain salt)

* You can garnish the soup with the parsley (and feta if you chose the vegetarian variety of this soup)

buon appetito!

New: Gluten free pulsespasta

La BIO IDEA proudly presents you an alternative for our Sicilian pasta made of durum wheat: pasta made of pulses: Lentils and Chickpeas & Corn. Our producer is situated in Northern Italy and has a wide experience with the production of high quality pasta. The new pasta's are naturally gluten free, organic and rich in fibre and protein. Soon available in your organic health food store!

More info will be available soon on our product page.

 

 

 

La BIO IDEA Chickpeas are number 1


According to Dutch newspaper "De Volkskrant", La BIO IDEA organic chickpeas are the best chickpeas available in The Netherlands. In the test section, a panel of urban chefs tasted 9 different brands of chickpeas. The first place was for La BIO IDEA. If you can read Dutch, click on this link in order to read the full article. Our La BIO IDEA chickpeas are available in most organic shops in Europe.

All our packaging BPA free!

Good news about our bean and tomatoes. Since new crop production, the packaging of these products, such as cans and caps of glass jars and bottles are free of BPA. BPA is a substance which is regularly used in product packaging to ensure product quality and lifetime. However, this subastance has been contentious for the last couple of years, because of bad effects for health. To avoid any health risk, the producers of La BIO IDEA decides to pack all products exclusively into packaging which is free of BPA. Between the moment of production and sales in shops can be a couple of months, so it can be possible that one or two products are still available in packaging with BPA. 

Bye bye, bean!

Three of our succesful bean products will become part of a new family soon. Our close organic friends from Amaizin will adopt the three not-Italian beans in our La BIO IDEA assortment. It's concerning the La BIO IDEA Baked beans, Black beans and the Aduki beans. Bye bye, bean! Visit www.amaizin.nl for more information!

 

New recipe for balsamico crema

At La BIO IDEA we always strive to offer the purest, best tasting organic Italian products. Therefore we have decided to replace our current La BIO IDEA crema, which contains some sugar, with a new recipe without any added sugar and with a superbe taste.
Our new crema is produced by the Lorenzi family, also responsible for our delicious balsamico vinegars, using only organic ingredients that come from their own land.The thick syrup, made with Balsamic vinegar of Modena IGP, is delicious on salads, carpaccio, meat, vegetables, desserts or just dipping your bread in…. Once you have tasted it, you can not stop eating!

 

Italian rice in new packaging!

We have decided to introduce a more environmental friendly packaging for our La BIO IDEA Italian Carnaroli (perfect for risotto) and Originario (perfect for every day) rices.

As from February 2016 we will pack these rices in compostable foil with compostable labels. Of course the good quality and taste of these products will remain the same!

New: Orzo

Orzo (also known as Risoni) is a tiny, dried shape of pasta looking like rice grains. According to the Italians, the grains look like barley. For this reason the product is called Orzo, which means barley in Italian. This is a well known pasta variety in most countries arround the Mediterranean Sea. In Israel it is known as 'ptim', in Greece they call it 'kritharáki' and in Turkey 'arpa ┼čehriye'. Also in Arabia the product is well known.
La Bio Idea Orzo
On Sicily, origin of La BIO IDEA Orzo, people use the product in soup. But there are many more ways to prepare Orzo. For example as a pasta with a richt tomato sauce or pesto. Or as pilav with grilled vegetables. But above all, this product is very suitable to use for a quick risotto, called orzotto. 

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New recipe La BIO IDEA wine vinegars

Good news for people with allergies! We have improved the recipe of our wine vinegars; They are now without any sulphites!

New design La BIO IDEA Balsamic Vinegar and Condimento Bianco!

Our La BIO IDEA balsamic vinegar and condimento bianco are produced according to old tradition by a small family company in Modena , Italy. The balsamic vinegar is aged in oak barrels for at least 5 years, which gives it an extraordinary delicate, sweet taste. These products have a fresh, new look!

Recent introduction: La BIO IDEA Tagliolini

Recently we have introduced a new variety of egg pasta: La BIO IDEA Tagliolini, a very thin ribbon-shaped egg pasta. This classic noodle from the Emilia-Romagna region is not only delicious in Italian dishes. Did you know Tagliolini is also a perfect base for many Asian dishes? The ingredients and production method are similar to the traditional Chinese thin wheat noodles, which gives you endless possibilities to experiment

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Meet our farmers

Get to know our Italian producers & learn more about the story behind our organic products!

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100% organic!

Our organic farmers cultivate products naturally, without artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides & our organic certified products are also processed naturally, without chemical treatments and additives. More info: visit www.bionext.nl

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