Just as today we cannot help but think of an Italian cuisine without tomatoes, it is natural to ask ourselves whether radicchio could one day become a fundamental ingredient (in terms of quality and flavour) of other culinary cultures.
The international collaboration between the Venetian company Smaties.bio and the American Uprising Seeds, the connection between the “Gusto Italiano” and “Culinary Breeding” projects, was born from this search for taste that moves a large community of plant producers in America , seed growers, farmers, produce buyers, chefs and extension workers.
The interest also came to the attention of the prestigious New York Times, which in 2022 published an in-depth article on Venetian radicchio. And in the same year, a delegation of professors from Washington State University, together with farmers and journalists, all women and radicchio enthusiasts, also arrived in Chioggia for a "cu-cultural" academic tour. Thanks to the network, the study, the cultivation and the cooking of radicchio, Americans can thus be educated on the taste of bitterness, which does not really belong to their culture. To make the construction of this community possible, culinary explorations, conferences and fairs are organized.
In line with the philosophy of the company of origin, T&T PRODUCE of the Tiozzo Caenazzo Silvano family, Smarties.bio believes that a healthy community is built thanks to the sharing of common values, and is therefore oriented towards overcoming a radical form of protectionism . Globalization often brings with it the defect of standardizing differences, diversities, traditions and typicalities; yet, even in our historical era, some exceptions seem possible, undoubtedly when the objective is to create initiatives to bring out the profitable exchange of cultures, cultures and experiences. A happy reason to live!
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