On the Decumanus, between the Argentina Pavilion and the Spices Cluster, there was the part of Expo Milano 2015 dedicated to fruits and pulses, two of the most widespread food groups in the world, known for offering a good concentration of nutritional properties that make them indispensable for the health and wellness of people since antiquity. To celebrate these virtuous foods, Expo Milano 2015 designed the Fruit and Legumes Cluster by creating flowering gardens facing the Decumanus like colourful terraces inviting visitors to discover the treasures of the earth.
Lupines, blueberries and cabbages. Symbols of life and biodiversity
Many species were chosen for this space: tomatoes, lupines, lentils, Castelfranco radicchio, grapes, zucchini, cabbages, blackberries, raspberries, lemons and strawberries, symbols of biodiversity and life. Nine countries were part of this cluster: Benin, Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Zambia, all having in common a flourishing production of these foods in their lands. Inside the pavilions, visitors could see the world through the photo galleries depicting the traditional cultures of these countries, watch exciting videos promoting tourism, browse the many artisan products for sale, taste bergamot tea and try unusual kinds of local dried fruits. In this area, visitors could also visit the photography display dedicated to fruit trees that the Contrasto agency commissioned from the great artist Irene Kung, who immortalised these symbols of productivity, health and fertility with her creative imagination and sensitivity.
From the earth, nourishment and strength for peoples of the planet
The cluster was designed to give these countries a chance to participate in the Universal Exposition, as well as to celebrate the work of the planet’s farmers who devote themselves to cultivating the earth, drawing nourishment and strength from it for thousands of years. Fruit trees, in fact, began to be cultivated in the Mediterranean area by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and pulses were widespread in the area of Mesopotamia, while soy and other beans were grown in Southern and Central Asia and in Central America, respectively. Production of pulses was especially important for providing most of the protein and minerals that people in many countries needed to feed themselves sustainably.
Discover the countries of the Fruit and Legumes Cluster in the records of Expo Milano 2015
Benin: “At the Heart of Benin’s Cuisine, Nutrition for a Life Bursting with Energy”
Democratic Republic of Congo: “Using Natural Resources Based on Their Potential”
Gambia: “Sustaining the Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Horticulture for Food Security and Poverty Reduction”
Guinea: “Fruit and Legumes, an Engine for Socio-Economic Development and Poverty Reduction in Guinea”
Equatorial Guinea: “Balanced Nutrition and Sustainable Nature for Development”
Kyrgyz Republic: “All nature is here”
Sri Lanka: “A Green Paradise”
Uzbekistan: “Taste of the Sun”
Zambia: “Come, Let Us Make Food”