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Question for bakers in Italy

knit1bake1's picture

Question for bakers in Italy

I know there are some members who live in Italy, so this question is addressed to you. I'll be leaving next week for a month in Italy, and I now always bake bread while I am there, but I also make my own granola, as I do at home. One integral part of my normal granola is wheat germ. Past attempts to find wheat germ in Italy were unsuccessful. Even the health food stores didn't know what I was talking about. If I have room I'll bring some along, but I'm also bringing along  a substantial amount of ground flaxseed. Does anyone know if there is wheat germ in Italy, and, if so, what it is called there?


Thanks, Beth


nicodvb's picture

is the place to go. Maybe some Coop sells it, but the former sells it for sure (i always buy ot there).

knit1bake1's picture

Nico, In Venice we don't have esselunga. Actually, I have not looked in the coop. There are two health food stores, and a few other kind of supermarkets Is it called germe di grano? It's good to know that it does exist, at least somewhere.

I had stopped looking for flaxseed, at least a few years ago I was told you could not find it in Venice.

JoeVa's picture
DaniD's picture

I am new to bread baking so I am still looking for many ingredients here in Italy... I cannot find wheat germ at the Esselunga by me (Lucca), but I did finally find flaxseed... it was in the small section of powerbars and diet supplements.. I was looking in the wrong area all this time..

Most likely you will have to go to an herbalist/natural goods store and they are expensive here.. I'd say bring what you can from home :)

Have fun in Italy

nicodvb's picture

wheat germ and various brans are not in the same repart as flours, but near rice.

Dillbert's picture

we're trying to get some stampi-pane - see the thread:

anyone in the
Cardano al Campo

area care to help making contact with these companies?

UnConundrum's picture

I second Dilbert's request.  We found some web sites, but they won't respond to us.