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Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine

, 2:37

First Online: 07 September 2006Received: 25 July 2006Accepted: 07 September 2006


Background:Research was carried out in the years 2002–2003 into food, flavouring and feed folk traditions of plants in the Tyrrhenian part of the Basilicata region southern Italy. This area was colonized in ancient times by Greeks. Data was collected through field interviews, especially of farmers.

Methods:Field data were collected through structured interviews. The informants, numbered 49, belonged to families which had strong links with the traditional activities of the area.

Results:61 taxa are cited, belonging to 26 botanical families, amongst which 44 used as food or flavouring and 22 for animal alimentation. Besides 7 taxa are involved in rituals especially connected with agriculture and plant growth.

Conclusion:The preservation of some rituals especially concerning agricultural plants is noteworthy in the area, together with a certain degree of continuity in food uses. Knowledge and rediscovery of recipes in human and animal diet could represent an economic potential for the area.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1746-4269-2-37 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Paolo Maria Guarrera - Giovanni Salerno - Giulia Caneva


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