Slow Food Grants

| 4/6/2015 3:20:00 PM

Tags: Endangered Food, Cayuga Duck, Pawpaw, Black Republican Cherry, Prolific Quince, Sam Wiseman,

Sam WisemanSometimes in February, it seems like spring will never arrive. This was one of the dreariest winters that I could remember. Even as cold as it was last year, we had many sunny days. There was a bright spot in our winter doldrums however. Sunflower Savannah has been graced with another Slow Food grant. This one for Heirloom Fruit Permaculture.

This is our fourth Slow Food and the Ark of Taste food grants.

This year, my interest was in quince. I have long been intrigued by this fruit. It is mentioned often in old fiction novels, it is always an ingredient in those high-end jams from those high-end food stuff companies.

In the USA Slow Food Ark of Taste, there are two quinces listed: the Sonoran and Meech's Prolific Quince. The Sonoran growing near the borders between California and Mexico, of course, could not begin to survive in Missouri climates and was immediately discarded as a choice. Besides, Meech's intrigued me as it was introduced in the late 180's by a Reverend Meech and described as “the most uniformly prolific of all known varieties.”

I began writing the grant in early January as it was due on the 31st, not expecting to run into the trouble that I did.

quince | courtesy

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