SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The Corti Brothers store in Sacramento comes up with the most unusual combination of goodies from all over the world. With the holidays upon us it’s no surprise that this year’s are just as special as ever.
They have a bean soup that comes from Italy’s Liguria di Levante right at the edge of Tuscany. It’s called Mess-Ciua and it comes in a one-pound bag. The soup has a fascinating history, it dates back to sailors who used to pick up the bits of spilled grain and beans when they were loading the ship.
It’s evolved into a collection of garbanzos and Cannellini beans as well as three different whole grains; spelt, barley and red wheat.