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The Egyptian Museum at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

A distinctive feature of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016 is its organization of talks, exhibitions and special events in collaboration with museums in Turin—with consequent benefits for Slow Food members.

The recently revamped Egyptian Museum boasts the second largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world, after the Museum of Cairo itself. Our liaison with the museum has triggered a number of initiatives that will take you on a journey from antiquity to the present day, analyzing the eating habits of ancient and contemporary Egyptians as you go.aaa_galleria-del-belvedere-1

At 11am on Monday September 26 at the Teatro Carignano, the museum’s curator Christian Greco will be talking on stage with Malak Said Ahmed Rouchdy, a researcher and lecturer at the American University in Cairo, at Food and Agriculture in Egypt, Yesterday and Today. The two will take us on an exciting journey beginning with analysis of one of the world’s most ancient cultures—born along the Nile and around oases with the cultivation of cereals, vines, legumes and vegetables and the production of emblematic foodstuffs such as bread and beer and others such as papyrus—and ending with the Egyptian dinner table today, where imported food products are increasingly replacing local ones. The talk will raise questions about the role of agriculture and food in one of the oldest and most populous countries in Africa, where food prices played no small part in the tensions leading up to the 2011 revoltuion.

Visitors will be able to view Egyptian agriculture from a special angle in the museum courtyard at a photography exhibition entitled From Sinai Wormwood to Farasheeh Bread: The Ark of Taste in Egypt. Organized with the support of the Terra Madre Egyptian network, this show of the works of Ahmed Elabd of Ma7sool Production will reveal the extraordinary variety of Egypt’s food products, from the wild herbs which the tribes of the Sinai peninsula use for food and therapeutic purposes to the rice of the oases, from the heirloom date varieties of Siwa to bread baked in ovens thousands of years old.

Here you will have the chance to find out egiziomore about abak (Mentha longifolia subsp. typhoides), a wild mint native to northeast Africa with long thorns and small blue flowers that grows near water of which it is a reliable indicator. The local population uses it to make a fragrant scented tea and infusions to calm stomach pains and aid digestion. Another discovery will be Sinai Jerusalem sage (Phlomis aurea), a plant endemic to the Sinai and endangered due to overharvesting and climate change. The stalks and leaves are covered with down, the silvery green leaves are scented, and the bright yellow flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds. It is used to make tisanes against sore throats, stomach ache and digestion problems, as well as to favor weight loss and fight cramp.

Admission to the Museum will allow you to admire a set of collections that have been assembled over the course of centuries, including the presitigous finds made during archeological expeditions in Egypt by the Italian Archaeological Mission from 1900 to 1935. We look forward to exploring over 3,000 years of gastronomic history together!



It is possible to buy tickets for the conference at the Carignano Theater online or directly at the venue’s ticket office. Slow Food members €5 euro, non-members €7.

Admission to the exhibition on the food products of the Ark in Taste in Egypt is free on Thursday September 22 from 2pm to 6pm, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 from 9am to 6.30pm and on Monday 26 from 9am to 2pm.


Silvia Ceriani

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