Aromanian butterbur

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According to the Albanian law, Aromanian community is recognized as a cultural minority. One of the theory about their origin suggests that they descend from the Romanized Thracians, Roman colonists and soldiers, and Latin Greeks. For Aromanians that live in Mokra, non-cultivated food plants are a significant source of the daily diet during the spring season. Many of the herbs used by this minority are not noticed among Albanians, thus suggesting different ethnobotanical pathways. One of the plant which represents most this situation is butterbur. Its consumption is observed only within the community. The plant has a group of pale pink flowers arranged on a stem. It flowers in the early spring, before the appearance of leaves. The leaves are purple and narrow-tipped.
Aromanian minority harvests Butterbur leaves and then cook them with flour and water. The obtained dish is locally known as Panacucu. It is recommended for women during breastfeeding.

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Territory

StateAlbania
Region

Elbasan

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Vegetables and vegetable preserves

Indigenous community:Aromanians
Nominated by:Andrea Pieroni
Arca del GustoThe traditional products, local breeds, and know-how collected by the Ark of Taste belong to the communities that have preserved them over time. They have been shared and described here thanks to the efforts of the network that Slow Food has developed around the world, with the objective of preserving them and raising awareness. The text from these descriptions may be used, without modifications and citing the source, for non-commercial purposes in line with the Slow Food philosophy.