Close your eyes and image Sicily in all its glory, some two thousand years ago.  A precious stone set in the crystal blue Mediterranean, she was the envy of every nation: the Greeks conquered it, longing to settle in such a fertile, beautiful land; the Romans got it back and transformed it into the heart of their economy. And then came the Vandals,...

E' presto per tracciare un bilancio della partecipazione italiana al Winter Fancy Food, la principale manifestazione della West Coast dedicata alle specialità alimentari, che si è svolta a San Francisco dal 13 al 15 gennaio con 52 aziende nel Padiglione italiano (“The Extraordinary Italian Taste”), 23 nell'area Usa e un'affluenza di oltre 30mila vi...

Spelt, known to the ancient Romans as far, used to be their most common and best loved cereal up to the first republican period (509-264 BC). After, wheat took its place because of its better yield and lower labor costs. Known since the Neolithic, it is the most ancient type of grain cultivated and used as food by Man. It is mentioned in the Bible,...

La varietà delle condizioni bio-geografiche, geo-morfologiche e climatiche del territorio italiano danno vita a una straordinaria concentrazione sia di specie, sia di habitat. E questo nonostante una popolazione e una densità abitativa che la rendono uno dei paesi più antropizzati del continente che ha subito radicali trasformazioni del paesaggio....

Ci sono anche quattro realtà italiane in corsa per il Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) 2019, l’oscar dell’innovazione nel settore ortofrutticolo assegnato ogni anno nell’ambito della kermesse berlinese (6-8 febbraio 2019, fiera Messe). Il 6 e 7 febbraio, i primi due giorni del salone, oltre 77 mila visitatori professionali provenienti da più...

Italy is known for its culture and smooth sophistication, but go to the Apennine Mountains and you’ll find the country has a wild heart. Consisting of smaller parallel mountain chains, the Apennines extend 1,200 km along the length of the peninsula. In the northwest they join with the Ligurian Alps at Altare, and in the southwest they end at Reggio...

In this piece I continue my backwards trajectory through my short list to land on a topic in the middle theme, culture and agriculture. Specifically, I focus on the extraordinary findings coming out of the Laboratorio Internazionale di Neurobiologia Vegetale (LINV), otherwise known as the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, located in F...

Traditional grape cultivation systems in Iran and Soave vineyards in Italy were formally recognised today as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), for their unique ways to produce grape and grape-based products using traditional practices and knowledge while preserving biodiversity and ecosystems. The sites were designated durin...

In Italy it's called the vendemmia, or grape harvest. Yet this lambrusco grape varietal won't become a red wine, but, something else, which could take far longer to mature. This is where balsamic vinegar begins. Rolando Beramendi is a chef, cookbook author, and importer of artisanal Italian foods. He told correspondent Seth Doane, "Yes, the balsami...

The Future of Fashion Conference took place earlier this month in Los Angeles, showcasing new, innovative, sustainable, ethical, and animal-free textiles that may shape the future of fashion in the years to come. The conference is part of a new initiative launched by LA Textile, a major trade show that takes place on the west coast each year. The e...