campi civitella

ETRURIO

Tuscany, our land

Tuscany is a magical landscape where everything is gentle around, everything is old and new. (Curzio Malaparte)
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Forgotten fruits

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Pistachios varieties

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ancient saved germplasm

THE GREEN GOLD

BIODIVERSITY

In 2017 ETRURIO began to search and save ancient olive germplasms at risk of extinction in the Tuscan area. This effort aims at preserving the biodiversity of our genetic heritage.

The development of intensive cultivation favoured the introduction in the modern orchards of only few cultivars that make possible the standardization of production. This turn out in the loss of attention on the most local germplasm that, being the result of centuries of selection and adaptation to the local environmental conditions, can be an interesting source of genes for breeding programs and for the production of value-added cultivars. In this perspective, discovery, identification and conservation of endangered plant genetic resources is important to preserve biodiversity of less common cultivars from the risk of genetic erosion.

SInce 2018

FORGOTTEN FRUITS

That officinal plants that spontaneously grow in the Mediterranean maquis are enclosing little treasures.

The content of secondary metabolites of nutraceutical interest found inside the leaves of Cistus incanus, Myrtus communis, Pistacia lentiscus, Arbutus unedo and l’Olea europaea is sensational and ETRURIO is aiming to foster their use as supplement food.

ETRURIO is the leader of the research project AURUMFOLIUM that, together with the University of Agronomy of Florence, the CNR, Fattoria Pianporcino, the Cooperative Le Greppe del Giglio and the CAICT is aiming to extract secondary metabolites of nutraceutical interest.

AURUMFOLIUM with its findings aims also to give a second life to our marginal agricultural land.

Our Jams

From 2021 ETRURIO will start producing a range of jams from the forgotten fruits it is cultivating