As we approach the Cereals and Tubers Cluster
, which is located on the Decumano, between the Iran and the Morocco pavilions, we start to notice the heady fragrance of fresh-baked bread. Those doing the baking are Varvello, the Cluster’s sponsors, who are hard at work every day preparing tasty treats for the visitors.
Holograms as backgrounds for photos, and displays of tubers and corn
One feature of the Venezuela exhibit is an over-sized hologram featuring interactive images of the country that can be used as an attractive backdrop for visitor photos. Meanwhile, the brightly-colored walls of the Bolivian space are hung with clear-plastic containers filled with local tubers and cereals. Manioc, tapioca, corn, and sorghum, are Togo’s specialties and these can be seen in handsome display-cases, while Haiti’s have been placed in multi-colored baskets.
Healthy living and well-being, thanks to nature’s gifts of cereals and tubers
Visitors can choose how they explore the Cereals and Tubers Cluster, whether by wandering round the participating countries’ exhibition spaces, or by going to the vegetable garden, where examples of these plants are being grown, and where they can read about their nutritional qualities.
In this distinctively-shaped exhibition hall, visitors can attend events and take part in tasting sessions, as well as being able to explore the vast variety of the world’s cereals and tubers. These range from the well- to the little-known, and include barley, oats, and millet, khorasan wheat, and teff, which is also known as Williams lovegrass, annual bunch grass, taf, or xaafii. Then there is the baobab , fonio, and sorghum.
Having viewed all these, visitors might be interested to look at the charts showing the health benefits of eating cereals and tubers, and compare them to the hazards connected to refined flour products.