Food, Sicilian ‘heroic’ productions protagonists in Rome

Sicilian “heroic” productions protagonists for two days in Rome on “Salotto MAMA.SEEDS of the ancient Italian and Mediterranean seeds, crops and cultures”.

That “Cerasuolo di Vittoria” from Vinanti winery by Chiaramonte Gulfi (Rg), the Gin “Ginacria” made with juniper berries of Etna (Ct), the locust bean honey by Giorgio Polara which since 1920 produces it in Modica (Rg), la pasta of old Minardo grains also this one from Modica (Rg).

These Sicilian excellences, defined as “heroic” productions because they preserve and pass on knowledge and taste with the risk of extinction, will be the protagonists of “MAMA.SEEDS living room of the ancient Italian and Mediterranean seeds, crops and cultures” which will be held in “The Box”, the new exhibition area at the Excellence Academy in Rome on 15 and 16 May. Two afternoons of events, including meetings, talks, cooking shows and tastings, dedicated to ancient Italian seeds, to rediscover and enhance a unique, tangible and intangible heritage.

AVASIM, the Alliance for the Improvement of Ancient Italian and Mediterranean Seeds,international consortium welcoming and bringing together all actors in the agro-food supply chains of ancient Italian seeds, from cereals to fruits and vegetables, from wine to aromatic herbs, from oily to official in collaboration with Slow Flow srl (communications company active in the culture and sustainability sector) promotes Sunday the 15th and Monday the 16th of May to Boxes, ofExcellence Academy of Rome, that MAMA.SEEDS lounge of the old seeds, Italian and Mediterranean crops and cultures.

Not a traditional trade fair with typical quality products – although there will be a selection of excellent products – but one free interdisciplinary event And open to public participation, which aims to be an opportunity for meeting and exchange between university professors, exponents of business and the legal communityintellectuals, artists, “heroic” producers and depot farmers, in an atmosphere of great informality. The aim is to focus on a sector of crucial importance to the country, the of the ancient Italian native seeds and demonstrate how art, design and fashionItalian excellence in the world, is closely linked to the historical memory of ancient cultures and cultures.

Suffice it to say that 25% of the agricultural biodiversity found in Europe is made up of agro-biodiversity in a single Italian region, Sicily, to understand how innumerable the potential is, not only for the agri-food sector but for the relaunch of the country’s economy.

Based on these considerations and in the belief that “theinheritance seed economy has the potential, to date largely unspoken, through AVASIM“We’re promoting one bill for the purpose of recognizing and qualifying the original and autochthonous nature of the ancient seeds, the CD. MADE IN ITALY OF SEEDS, to protect them from phenomena with fictitious “Italianness” and, as a legacy from society, from the possibility of patenting. A standard that protects not only the Italian food and wine transformation process, but also what is at the bottom, our original seeds. Legislative protection will include an overall regulatory framework that allows (as well as to qualify the originality of the old seed and protect it) access to old seeds within the national cultural heritage in the sense cultural heritagefundamentally in the Italian agri-food tradition“, explains Alessia Montanichairman of the consortium.

This theme will be the topic of one of the planned seminars in which they will participate Elena LorenziniChief of Staff of the Deputy Minister for MISE, Honorable Pichetto Fratin, Albino Maggio and Stefania De Pascale, Federico II University Professors, Francesco Saverio Teruzzi, by the Michelangelo Pistoletto Foundation. Lawyers Flaminia Barachini, Manager Governancand GSE, will introduce the theme of the relationship between ancient crops and renewable energy sources such as agrivoltaic together with dr. Francesco Saverio MenniniProfessor of Health Economics and Political Economics at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata, who will examine aspects related to health and to the lawyer Fabrizio Luciani, for administrative and legal. Instead, they will intervene in architecture, fashion and tourism lawyers Stefano Crisci, Professor of Tourism at the University “La Sapienza, Federico Poletti journalist and curator, the artist Solveig Coglianithe architect Sergio Dones and the agricultural entrepreneur Aurelia Tonti.

Installation by artist Chicco Margaroli.

On the cultural side the anthropologist Paolo Uccello will tell about his book Majaria, where ancient plants are related to folk medicine and magic, Piazza Armerina commune will present the preview of Palio dei Normanni Edition 2022, medieval costume event, one of the oldest in southern Italy.

Contemporary art will also be represented by artists Solveig Cogliani, Chicco Margaroli, Tozio, Angelica Romeo, Irem Incedayi, Quirino Cipolla, Giusy Lauriola and Maria Granzia Pontorno, present at the fair with some of their works exploring the close links between man, nature and the need to restore and strengthen national roots and identity. For fashion, however, there will be the fashion designer’s outfits Gilberto Calzorali, winner of green carpet emphasize the importance of sustainability in fashion, starting with the Italian raw material.

In addition, during the two days of the event it will be possible to learn about stories and products from “heroic” producers who preserve and pass on knowledge and flavors with the risk of extinction, such as. the brothers Aurelia and Luigi Tonti which continues the business of the family business, where they produce the highly valued “Olive Damare”, Old oily varieties, carefully harvested by hand and with the scent of the Apulian Sea; or brothers Associationas with the company Vinanti produce “Singular” and “Cerasuolo di Vittoria”, Recycling relic vines, discontinued varieties that would otherwise be lost; the association “Mattias winery “, which produced a Classic Method sparkling wine from Nerello Mascalese grapes; that “Ginacria “born from the agronomist’s studies, Dario Rinaldi it has carefully selected ancient botanical herbs from different areas of Sicily – fake pepper leaves, Etna juniper, licorice, orange and lemon peel and almonds. And again “Polar honey “, company founded in Modica in 1920 by beekeeper Giorgio Polara, who still produces today Carob honey, an ancient seed typical of the Mediterranean; or beer “Stupor Mundi “from the manufacturer Michele Solimandowith the Costanza d’Altavilla and Enrico VI line, made with ancient grains and iurmana rye, a plant variety introduced into Puglia at the time of Norman domination.

All products will form the basis for the preparation of Paola Bartolucci permanent chef at the Excellence Academy, which will offer two show cooking inspired by alimurgy and foraging.

The tourism sector inspired by the MAMA.SEEDS values ​​will be represented by Zahir Countryhouse and Noto as withAntica Masseria Corte del Sole, and at the Donna Coraly Country Boutique hotel, has set aside a large part of its land for the project of Soul Parkwhich transforms them into an agro-food oasis dedicated to the ancient cultures and cultures of the Mediterranean and to contemporary art, thus becoming platforms for launching a new form of ethical tourism associated with the improvement of the territories.

The sector of Catering will be represented by restaurants with the “MAMA.SEEDS” sticker, which also shares the values ​​of the sticker in the kitchen:

arab courtyard (Marzamemi), Geranium (Known), The Muses (Known), Coraly woman (Cassibile-Syracuse) eMennula (Known).

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