Malnad Tuber Festival in Sirsi

Date: 10th January, 2014

Venue: Horticulture Office, Sirsi

Organisers: Vanastree in collaboration with the Department of Horticulture, Sirsi and Ashraya seva trust Bangalore

Tubers and other root vegetables have been a part of our diet, culture and folklore for aeons. They include both domestic and wild species that have pride of place in our cuisine. Some common root crops include Colocasia (Arbi)), Dioscorea (Yam), Sweet Potato, Elephant Foot Yam, Turmeric, Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Carrot, Beet and of course the ubiquitous potato.

Native tubers, like millets, are becoming a forgotten food with their nutritive and medicinal worth being sidelined. There is a need to recognise this and promote a community based conservation initiative that encourages people to grow, eat and protect tubers as part of our food security strategy.

It is for this that we have come together to hold this festival. In case anyone from your organisation would like to attend, please do get in touch. We can provide boarding and lodging.

In case some of you have papers, references, leads or other sources of information about tuber diversity, their ethnoculinary value, their conservation status etc please do get in touch. We would be very grateful. Vanastree has been offered space 5 km outside Sirsi to begin a Forest Garden Resource Centre. We are planning to begin with a tuber garden.

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