Company Profile: Bionaturae

With many Italian words, I eventually learn that I have been pronouncing them wrong for years. I have always pronounced bionaturae as: “bio-nature”. But now I’ve learned that it is pronounced “bee-oh-na-too-ray”. At least I would have come close with the meaning of the word, which is “organic nature.” The 'b' also is lowercase, which we'll follow here when it's within a sentence.

Bionaturae offers organic pasta, tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, and fruit spreads. They pride themselves on using ingredients from small organic family farms in Italy. Bionaturae sells four types of pasta: two of the more traditional types (durum semolina and traditional egg noodles) as well as two newer types (whole wheat and gluten-free) to meet the demands of today’s consumer. I recall an America’s Test Kitchen episode in which bionaturae’s whole wheat pasta was ranked as the very best available. As third-generation Italian pasta makers, bionaturae uses bronze dies (metal equipment used to shape the pasta) instead of the more modern Teflon-coated dies. Using the bronze dies creates a pasta with a rougher texture which is better at holding sauce.

Italy is believed by many to grow the most delicious tomatoes in the world. The tomatoes used in bionaturae’s organic tomato products are vine-ripened and hand-harvested. No calcium chloride is added and the tomatoes are packaged in either glass jars or cans free of BPA (the synthetic compound Bisphenol A). According to their Web site, bionaturae’s organic olive oil is made from a blend of five celebrated olives grown on small family farms in Northern Italy. The olives are harvested by hand and then cold pressed with a century-old press within 24 hours of being picked. Bionaturae’s organic balsamic vinegar is made by one of the Modena province’s oldest families of producers using traditional Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes resulting in a vinegar with “a distinct sourly sweet flavor.”

Bionaturae’s fruit spreads are made from the world’s finest organic heirloom peaches, plums, and apricots. The fruit has been grown in various regions of Italy for centuries without any hybridization. The fruit is hand-harvested and cooked slowly at low temperatures to preserve its flavor and color. Bionaturae’s fruit spreads do not contain added sugar and therefore have a lower sugar content than many other brands (bionaturae.com).

Bionaturae Company Snapshot
Founded in 1995
Headquartered in North Franklin, Connecticut
Products produced in Italy
Privately held
Website: bionaturae.com

Amy has long thought that bionaturae’s putting tomato paste in a small resealable jar instead of a tin can is brilliant. She is also happy to share that all bionaturae products will be on sale at the Co-op from August 5 - 18.