Have you ever had a Louisiana Satsuma? Have you ever head of a Louisiana Satsuma? No? Me neither.
This Louisiana citrus fruit is just one of the many fruits on Slow Food’s US Ark of Taste a program that is “Saving Cherished Foods. One Product at a Time.”
The Ark of Taste is an international catalog of foods that are in danger of being forgotten, and on the US Ark of Taste, there are over 200 foods that are in danger of extinction. How does a food make it onto the Ark? There are several qualifications.
Outstanding in terms of taste—as defined in the context of local traditions and usesAt risk biologically or as culinary traditionsSustainably producedCulturally or historically linked to a specific region, locality, ethnicity or traditional production practice
Produced in limited quantities, by farms or by small-scale processing companies
Take a look at the list on Local Harvest and find a food that peaks your interest. If you click on it, you’ll be taken to a page that lists producers. There is a drop down menu of states to the right of the producer page to make it easy to find where the food is closest to you.
Image: La Grande Farmers’ Market
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