London talk 15 Oct 2019: Wild foods & the origin of the Mediterranean diet

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Mark Nesbitt

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Annual Kent-Kew Distinguished Ethnobotanist Lecture 2019

Shifting geographies of ethnobotany: How Iraqi is the Mediterranean Diet?

Professor Andrea Pieroni
University of Gastronomic Sciences
Pollenzo, Italy

17.00 - Tuesday 15 October, 2019
Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens, TW9 3DS
(entry via Jodrell Gate on Kew Road from 4.30pm)
All welcome - no ticket/booking required. After the talk there will be the opportunity to meet the speaker and other attendees at the Botanist on Kew Green.
https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/wha...hnobotany-how-iraqi-is-the-mediterranean-diet
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The Mediterranean Diet, now recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity,
has been and still partially is a food system largely based on wild vegetables, which have
been surprisingly neglected in food studies. These complex ethnobotanical foodscapes possibly emerged in the Neolithic period in the Fertile Crescent and migrated westwards through the Mediterranean area.
The presentation will show the wild food ethnobotany of diverse populations of the Middle
East and the Caucasus, and will discuss the similarity between the wild vegetables gathered
and consumed by Christian communities in Iraq, who possibly represent the descendants
of ancient Assyrian and Mesopotamic populations, and those of the Greek and Sicilian
traditional diets. I will propose the idea that wild vegetables should be
considered indelible signatures for understanding the origins of dietary systems.

Queries: Mark Nesbitt m.nesbitt@kew.org
 
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