It’s nutritional properties and anti-oxidant levels are similar to the Venere variety, but it takes less time to cook. The variety was producedby cross-breeding Venere with a long-grain rice using natural techniques. It is only grown near Vercelli and Pavia. Thanks to its delicate aroma, Ermes is a very versatile grain that can be used in a salad with cooked vegetables or white meat or eaten plain, with a little oil. Developed by the SA.PI.SE Research Centre in 2004, it’s been sold on the market since 2006. Anthocyanins provide the distinct red colour of the pericarp.