SPOILS NATIVE PASTA
A MOUTHFUL of koala anyone? Tomato, spinach or plain?
That will definitely not be a koala steak with sauce, thank you very much, but a neat little morsel of cuddle-shaped pasta.
Bellata Gold is a Tamworth company producing pasta (including linguines flavoured with hot chilli, garlic, basil and celery, as well as lemon myrtle, parsley and spinach) from grain grown in Bellata (between Narrabri and Moree) in northwest NSW. This region is called the Gold Durum Triangle and the grain is durum wheat, the stuff of Italy’s finest pastas.
Bellata Gold’s pasta is traceable from the time the wheat is sown, harvested, stored, milled, made into pasta, dried, packaged and served, the company claims. It uses the traditional Italian method of low- temperature drying and the combination has won the company gold at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.
Bellata already makes kangarooshaped Bellaroos, and now, for the delectation of kids and overseas visitors, come Bellakoalas.
Bellata runs tours of its production plant, Mondays to Wednesdays, for $10 a head, which includes a sample pack of pasta. More: www.bellatagold.com.au Judith Elen