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 Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Comments are closed.