The Saint Honoré Sourdough enters the world’s only sourdough library
The Sourdough Library is located in the Puratos Centre for Bread Flavour, in Saint Vith (Belgium)
Europastry’s Saint Honoré Sourdough has become sourdough number 88 of the world’s only Sourdough Library. Jordi Gallés, Executive Chairman of Europastry, and Jordi Caballero, Director of Research and Development of Europastry’s Bread Division, have incorporated the Saint Honoré Sourdough into the collection of the Centre for Bread Flavour in Saint Vith (Belgium), owned by Puratos. This unique library currently holds a total of 87 sourdoughs from all over the world, each distinguished by its biodiversity and representing a specific geographical area. The centre only collects sourdoughs that are unique and distinct.
The Only Sourdough Library in the World
The world’s only Sourdough library is in The Centre for Bread Flavour. Dedicated to research and innovation in the fermentation process, the centre is Puratos’s great commitment to the world of bread. The centre hosts the world’s only Sourdough Library, created by Puratos and Professor Marco Gobbetti from the University of Bari, Italy.
The library tells a history of different regions through the sourdough, which originates in the arable fields of each country. Professor Gobbetti’s contribution is based on his study of sourdough’s micro-organisms, and his analysis of their potential. The centre has already identified more than 700 types of wild yeast and over 1,500 varieties of lactic bacteria.
Opened in 2013, the library has two objectives: to firstly preserve the bio-diversity of the yeasts, through their storage, analysis and documentation, and secondly, to ensure the protection of the sourdough against possible faults in the freezing process.
The library currently holds 88 sourdoughs from more than 15 different countries, including France, China, Mexico, United States and now Spain. The centre’s storage jars contain century-old doughs that preserve, not only the taste of the cultures, but also the fields where they were grown.
The Saint Honoré Sourdough
Sourdough is the fundamental ingredient in the Saint Honoré range, which was created in honour of Europastry’s founder, Pere Gallés. The main features of this range are its adherence to traditional baking methods and the top quality of its bread.
For Europastry, sourdough is “the soul of bread”, and the source of its unrivalled sensory qualities: a superior aroma and taste, a crunchy crystalline crust, a fresher and more honeycombed crumb, an extraordinary colour, making it easier to digest and keeping fresher for longer. The sourdough is the ingredient that gives the bread its superior quality.