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Title: Valuing an ‘exotic’ Maltese gem : prickly pear fruit, an ancient crop of empires and globalisation
Authors: Cachia, Rossella (2020)
Keywords: Local foods -- Malta
Fruit in human nutrition -- Malta
Prickly pears -- Malta
Prickly pears -- Therapeutic use -- Malta
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Cachia, R. (2020). Valuing an ‘exotic’ Maltese gem: prickly pear fruit, an ancient crop of empires and globalisation (Diploma long essay).
Abstract: The Maltese populace is proud with traditions, but innovation is rather seen as an obstacle ruining the society. The prickly pear was introduced in Malta around the beginning of the sixteenth century for its fruit and as fodder. Locals enjoy eating it raw or serve as liqueur tal-Bajtar whilst the Sicilians, are using Maltese strains to make jams, drinks, sweets, syrups, cosmetics and they are operating profit. Thus, the main purpose of this study is to provide an insight look at the history of the plant, the versatility in modern culinary scene, the medical aspect and the benefits of consuming such delicacy. As a nation we should consider the protection of this crop and it would be important to further the education of its gastronomically purposes. Investment could bring forth the resourceful of prickly pears within the Maltese culture. Institutions should invest time and money to educate and entice the future generation.
Description: DIP.MASTER CHEF
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - InsTTC - 2020

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