Food, its production methods but also the ways of cooking of what we eat are becoming increasingly important in industrialized countries. Probably, it is a way to return to a more healthy and less sophisticated lifestyle.
Today in Italy those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet is equal to 5.9% of the population that is quite a figure, but another trend is more and more affirming, ie the raw food diet: a form of diet which crosses vegetarian, vegan, demitarian groups and lovers of good food in general.
Surfing the web we found the interesting blog Spaghetti e Mandolino and here we quote:
"Le'ts begin to learn these two words: RAW FOOD. A new frontier?
Well if you think about it it is the diet of Homo Sapiens in its early days when it was not able to discover the benefits of the fire god. Raw food means all those foods which have not been firing through the use of heat to the flame. Who have not lost all their nutritional components due to high temperature.
At SANA in Bologna, the international Organich Food event what has emerged with greater strength is this new frontier. Adopted by many Hollywood movie stars, raw food is becoming a movement much later in our country on the part of women and men especially in vegan version.
And therefore the proliferation of vegetables, dried fruits, legumes creams, cereals, smoothies, etc ... but the raw food apart from its its vegan soul reveals its potential with all those meats that have not been cooked and are many. Parma and San Daniele ham but also of all horse steaks and other dried meat in the pure more ancestral style.
In 2003 the oil journalist, or oleologist as he likes to be called, and director of the magazine Teatro Naturale Luigi Caricato, devoted to Elena a great interview whose contents are still very valid today, with the theme of the ethics of production back in vogue. Below there's a brief excerpt of the interview.
How long have you been involved in agriculture and with what results?
I am the fourth generation. Our company was founded at the end of '800 with my great-great grandfather. I work full-time since 1991. As a child I followed my parents in the vineyards and in the olive groves. A satisfactory outcome in economic terms; in Trieste Karst it is not easy: we need passion and tenacity with specific aims.
Are you happy, puzzled or worried?
I am satisfied because the consumer has finally realized that the quality of food becomes health. This allows agriculture to have a long life!
Why has the rural world lost centrality and importance in recent decades?
Well, the agri-food industries have contributed their bit, but I think the rural world has always remained firmly rooted to their handicrafts, which, fortunately, are re-emerging.
Do you believe that the agricultural sector will still remain a primary sector in Italy?
Yes. For the many territorial peculiarities.
And why did you choose to work in agriculture?
I can not say I have chosen: I was simply born into a family of farmers. And I stay there because I like the contact with the earth, its natural mystery.
At Parovel’s we expect an extraordinary vintage, although complex to manage. In general, this year we will have a significant increase in production, almost 10% more than last year, mainly due to a higher bud fertility and a present health status much higher than in 2014. The harvest which is about to begin has two major strengths: the health of the grapes and the vegetative balance of the vines. By contrast, the high daytime temperatures, which we had from June onwards, have forced the vines to close the stomata already in the early hours of the morning to reduce water losses, hence the slow increases in sugars that are occurring. This means that the hot summer has left a very positive “footprint” that the coming weeks will not erase.
However, we found that the vegetative growth and the progress of the phenological phases are naturally slow down, so no early harvest.
The beginning of the harvest will be on "normal" dates . Our 2015 vintage will therefore be in the first week of September for the Whites and the last week for the Reds.
The annual rendez-vous" with Mother Nature has now started and we will be happy to let you taste in a few months time the energy and fullness that this new year will give to our wines. See you there!
Owner and manager production
As in the rest of the Italian peninsula in this extreme angle to the northeast the production promises to be rich and healthy.
Clearly the climate that we'll experience in the next few weeks will still affect the oily degree and the quality of the harvest, but so far we can say that here in Trieste the hot not overly dry summer and the relative low humidity, thanks to the rather constant presence of ventilation and fresh gusts of Bora, have led to a particularly healthy production. We must also thank the favorable climate that during the flowering/fruit set in June appeared quite stable. The production situation is therefore rather homogeneous in all Parovel's olive groves, both in terms of quantity and quality with a good flesh/kernel ratio and also the olive fly was stopped by the drought and strong heat of July. The olive oil campaign in Trieste and in particular in the area of San Dorligo della Valle - Dolina will begin soon in the mid/late October and the olives that will be pressed first will be those of Leccino, Pendolino, Leccio del Corno, Maurino, and Buga (another olive tree native of our area along with Carbona or Cernica), the last one will be the Bianchera variety.
All these are the plants we've been growing for decades in our olive groves, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia San Dorligo della Valle - Dolina was the first facility in intensive olive grove (1985) with a pioneering work by 4 producers Trieste, including our company with dad Zoran Parovel then to run. What makes the virgin product in this area so unique? The ripening always depends from exposure as well as for all the fruits - we must never forget that in fact the olive is a fruit - and in the territory of San Dorligo della Valle / Dolina we have micro-zones characterized by their own microclimate, which it contributes to the early or late ripening.
If a proof was needed, a Moroccan research confirms what we have known since a long time!
The extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest for cooking and the one that is more resistant to high temperatures. A recent article in the magazine Teatro Naturale tells us how the research has compared what happens to extra virgin olive oil and olive oil after prolonged thermal stress. The performances of extra virgin olive oil are indisputably superior and this is due to the content of a-tocopherol and polyphenols. In this screenshot the test result of the research conducted:
The heat treatment imposed on the two oils was very severe and conducted with a Rancimat apparatus, with 100 degrees of temperature, with air flow of 10 liters / hour for a total of 120 hours.
Extra virgin olive oil has a higher content of antioxidant compounds, capable of protecting the unsaturated fatty acids from deterioration. As expected, at the end of the thermal stress, the content of polyphenols and tocopherols for both oils was reduced almost to zero. The test result indicates that olive oil degrades more than the extra virgin, after prolonged and severe heating. Oxidation, without tocopherols and polyphenols to protect the oils, proceed in a much more intense way in olive oil, with a significant impact on the unsaturated fatty acids.
Source: Said Gharby, Hicham harhar, Bertrand Matthäus, Zakia Bouzoubaa, Zoubida Charrouf, The Chemical Parameters and Oxidative Resistance to Heat Treatment of Refined and Moroccan Picholine Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Journal of Taibah University for Science, Available online 20 July 2015