UNO SGUARDO ALLE TRADIZIONI PER INNOVARE L'AGRICOLTURA!
Turnip of Verzegnis is an ecotype of Brassica rapa subsp. rapa, grown by local inhabitants both for human and animal food and as source of income. Strange enough, in the local dialect, people of Verzegnis are called Gnaùs, that means “turnip”.
Actually Verzegnis’ turnip is not well know and its cultivation is not frequent, not only in Carnia district, but in the entire Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Cultivation is quite complex (very hard) due to the difficulties in finding seeds and the limited number of farmers (they are few and old).
Experimental activities about turnip are included in FuturBioErbe project; the main goal of the project is to recover and preserve turnip of Verzegnis increasing the growing area and promoting the diffusion in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
During the first two years several activities were performed. First of all was important to collect seeds among old farmers. Seeds were cultivated in different greenhouse (in pots or in land). Then plants were selected from a jury of farmers and experts on turnip.
In the second year plants were isolated and during blooming were manually fertilized to obtain a good number of seeds. Then seeds were grown in plateaux and new plants were transplanted in Verzegnis area during summer 2012 to be compared with Milan’s turnip.
In the next ad last year different agronomic techniques of cultivation will be tested and qualitative and quantitative analysis will be performed between Verzegnis and Milan turnips.