Slow Food has a program called the Ark of Taste which aims to rediscover and catalogue forgotten flavors, documenting excellent food products that are in danger of disappearing. More than 750 products from dozens of countries worldwide have been added to the international Ark of Taste which contains everything from heirloom vegetables to heritage animal breeds to salumi.
Bringing it closer to home, here are just a few items listed in the Ark with a strong foothold in Missouri:
- black walnuts
- norton grapes
- red wattle hogs
- traditional Sorghum syrup
LocalHarvest has now partnered with Slow Food USA and will be helping to bring attention the Ark of Taste by utilzing the LocalHarvest database to to find more farmers and artisanal food producers who might be interested in producing Ark of Taste products. They have also listed all of the Ark of Taste products independently under each farmers listing so that consumers can more easily find these unique items and learn about their place in our American food heritage.