Nature to Culture
Inspired by a connection to the land and farmers of the Andes, and by Italian values of life, pleasure and family associated with food, we created PIENO (Italian for full).
A pasta made from green bananas? Yes. We are not afraid of being disruptive. We hold ourselves to high standards. And we are not alone. We work with farmers, nutritionists, food scientists and chefs, to offer original food products from sustainable sources that are full of nutrition, gusto and taste.
About the Brand
In 2015, we visited a banana plantation in the Andes region of Venezuela. After learning from a farmer’s childhood memories of growing up eating green banana flour in a traditional “porridge”, we were inspired and committed to producing and innovating with green banana flour.
Food comes from nature. The beginnings of medicine do too. Ancient cultures developed an inherent connection to both nature and food. They revealed, in their way of eating and cooking, wisdom that has been passed down throughout generations. We do not see that connection in our Western diets. So our name is not coincidental. It’s a declaration of principles and intent. We believe eating is a manifestation of our relationship to Nature. Join Us. We have a rewarding road to health, gastronomic pleasure and happiness to travel together.
How does PIENO help with food waste?
It is estimated that 20% of ripe bananas are discarded before they reach the supermarket, mostly because of their size/shape and short shelf life. This is not the case with green bananas, which allow for farmers to sell their entire crop without waste.
Can I eat PIENO cold and/or as a leftover?
Definitely! You can add ice cubes to the pasta once strained or leave it on the fridge and enjoy it the next day. PIENO holds its texture perfectly.
What is the carb content of PIENO?
Not all carbohydrates are the same. Carbohydrates are composed of fiber, starches and sugar. PIENO has no sugar and 20g of fiber per serving. Overall PIENO has 25% less net carbs than conventional wheat pasta.
Where can I buy PIENO?
Online. At our website (https://naturetoculture.us/product/rotini/)
What do Green bananas taste like?
Green bananas have an earthy, neutral wholesome flavor- ideal for pasta.
What is the difference between a green and yellow banana?
Bananas are harvested green. At this time, they’re packed with resistant starch, minerals and do not contain sugar. When they ripen (turn yellow) they transform the resistant starch to sucrose.
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