Written By Guest Writer Edibles / One ingredient Aug 19, 2011 One Thousand Products in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Ark welcomes its thousandth passenger during Terra Madre Armenia:Shalakh apricots from the slopes of Mount Ararat Slow Food is celebrating an important milestone as the Ark of Taste welcomes its thousandth passenger. The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity officially included the Shalakh variety of apricot in the list of products to be saved during Terra Madre Armenia. The meeting was held on August 6th and brought 60 delegates to the Yerevan Agriculture University to discuss biodiversity, short distribution chains and taste education.The choice of this product has a strong symbolic value. The apricot is grown on the slopes of Mount Ararat, where Noah’s Ark is said to have landed after the Flood. The peak of Mount Ararat, 5,165 meters above sea level, is in Turkish territory, but the Shalakh apricot grows in the Ararat Valley near Yerevan, in Armenia. Large, soft, sweet and juicy, the fruit can reach up to 100 grams in weight and is used to make jam (maraba). Each house usually has a few trees in the garden for domestic consumption, some as old as 70 years, but the international market has been invaded by more productive hybrids that carry the same name, and the authentic Shalakh apricot risks disappearing.The Shalakh apricot is the thousandth product to be identified, described, catalogued and included in Slow Food’s international Ark of Taste project. The Ark has been working since 1996 to protect food products, livestock breeds and plant varieties at risk of disappearance, and the traditions and knowledge inextricably linked to these foods. Over the past 15 years, nominations have arrived from all over the world, from Bolivia to Australia, through the Slow Food network. The list of foods like honeys, cured meats and vegetable varieties has grown every year, products whose disappearance would endanger an entire economic, social and cultural heritage.To date, the Ark has collected passengers from 60 countries, including American plains bison from the United States and Caatinga passion fruit from Brazil, leatherwood honey from Australia and zazamushi (insect larvae) from Japan. Each nomination is examined by an International Commission and by 20 national commissions, made up of volunteers from professions linked to the project, like journalists, botanists, veterinarians and other experts. If the nomination meets the criteria and is accepted, the product’s inclusion in the catalog serves as an initial form of promotion, and is often a first step towards the implementation of more complex support projects, like the Presidia. Find out more: http://www.slowfood.ca/ark-of-taste-and-presidia-products/ (Canada) Ark of Taste <http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/pagine/eng/arca/pagina.lasso?-id_pg=37> Terra Madre Armenia <http://www.terramadre.org/pagine/incontri/leggi.lasso?id=C2744B880f55b18972sOy16A2B2B&tp=1&ln=en> Ark of Tastefood securityRegional specialtiesSlow Food SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Comments are closed.