We will walk among the pomegranate trees on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th: that’s the idea of the Red Days.
The event, promoted by a young group of agricultural entrepreneurs from Salento, led by Daniele De Pascalis and Adam Cairo, will take place at the Martino.bio’s pomegranate grove in Monteroni di Lecce, near the crossroads for Porto Cesareo (between the Barba carpentry shop and the Cantina Due Palme).
Three days to immerse yourself in the agricultural activity, appreciating the scents and the emotions generated by working among hundreds of pomegranate trees, cultivated with care and attention by the young people of Salento.
The pomegranate tree comes from south-western Asia and belongs to the family of Punicaceae (or Lythraceae according to the Apg classification) and to the genus Punica, which comes from a geographical region that goes from Iran to the Himalayan area of northern India.
It has been present since the ancient times in the Caucasus and in the whole Mediterranean area. The plant has a strong tendency to produce root suckers and to constitute a thick scrub. It can reach 5-6 meters in height and live even over 100 years.
The fruit (pomegranate or garnet) is a berry (called Balausta) of very strong consistency; it features a very hard and leathery skin, a round or slightly elongated shape which bears in the apical position (opposite to the petiole) a characteristic crown made of four to five pieces, which are residues of the floral calyx. The fruit ripens in October-November, depending on the variety.
The pomegranate tree resists to the dry summer and winter temperatures typical of the Mediterranean; in such conditions it is extraordinarily resistant to all types of disease.
A Middle Eastern production that has also taken root in Salento, thanks to far-sighted entrepreneurs who are appreciating the peculiarities of this fruit.
“Agriculture is an ancient art, able to give intense emotions – says Adam Cairo – Producing pomegranates allows people to create an alternative culture but at the same time it is very important for general wellness, thanks to the organoleptic properties of this fruit. A product increasingly used, thanks to new cultivars and products available from late August to April. Its beneficial features make this fruit very important, a world to discover and live in”.
“From marketing to agriculture always with the same determination and the same commitment – adds Daniele De Pascalis – The cultivation of pomegranates immediately involved me, thus innovating my professional experience. We started to set up with Adam this field with commitment and foresight; today it begins to give its fruits: the cultivation of different varieties allows us to rediscover the agricultural world, thus obtaining high-quality pomegranates available for many uses. I have been following this project for over eight years, working alongside the Cairos’ family. With commitment and passion, we have managed to give life to this field: we will open it to the public during the Red Days because we would like people to know the unique peculiarities of this plant! Three days dedicated to schools, tourists, enthusiasts and those who want to touch with their own hands this fantastic universe”.
During the event, you can walk between the rows equipped with scissors, gloves and bucket, devoting yourself to the collection of pomegranates, always guided by company staff.
From Salento In Tasca
Video made byFrancesco Spedicato