FROM THE GRANDPARENTS THE SECRET OF AN EARLY FRUIT.
The course for agricultural operator enrolled in 45, finished it in five and now there are 4 left to defend and try to avoid the extinction of the apricot of Scillato, a municipality at the foot of the Madonie park, in the province ofi Palermo. 1500 plants of a particular variety of apricot have been recovered here: early, with a small and often faceted red fruit, very fragrant and with an intense flavor. We have recovered - Alberto Battaglia explains - land abandoned for over 20 years that our fathers abandoned because they did not allow an adequate yield by replacing them with olive trees. It was the grandparents who told the young farmers about the secrets of a traditional cultivation with a harvest that is done strictly by hand. The main problems are related to marketing because the fruits are sensitive to handling and transport. Thus, the sale is limited to neighboring markets. Now the association tries to expand production by recovering old plants even from our neighbors: this can be an alternative to the hunger for work that has plagued us for decades.ecenni».
WHO WE ARE:
Alberto Battaglia 29 years old, Angelo Nicchi 22 years old, Giuseppe Oddo 32 years old and Giuseppe Quagliana 44 years old, are the four carusi of Scillato boys in Sicilian who for about a year have decided to join forces in order to rediscover the agricultural resources that they have always distinguished their territory and to restore some abandoned lands to culture by reactivating the production process of two particular local cultivars such as the Apricot of Scillato Slow Food Presidium and the Biondo di Scillato Orange.cillato.“They call us Carusi but we are growing and every day that goes by we do our best to cultivate our goal, to rediscover the earth, because it is from the Earth and from the work of the arms that our future depends”.
In 2014 they begin to clean up all the land available to them to restore and preserve two precious Biodiversities at risk of extinction. In the meantime, they set aside a small plot for the production of seasonal vegetables to be destined for the local community, but immediately they realize that in addition to the recovery of abandoned lands, it is necessary to start planting new trees as an initial source of renewal. They begin to produce fresh products but after the first harvest they understand that the best way to stay up is the multifunctionality of the company for which they activate the process of transforming their products into jams and jams..“Currently we have a company size of about 6 hectares of land with diversified production of oranges, apricots and olives, but what we aspire to is that the entire territory of our Municipality becomes a driving force of development and hope for the future for young people who want to get involved...