There’s nothing better than this masterpiece by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo for telling the story of Mulberries: the downfall of the winter, indulged by the indifference of people.
Really, in the farms of southern Piedmont, the ages of the breeding of silkworm seem so far away and so long ago. Today we have totally lost track of this ancient culture, to the point that seems it never existed at all.
the breeding of silkworm seem so far away and so long ago. Today we have totally lost track of this ancient culture, to the point that it never existed at all.
Today last witness of this old culture is a simple tree:
The lowland’s landscape still shows us the wonder of these trees, actually more and more rare, sometime like living fossil in the country, apparently useless and just an extra. Anyway the Mullberry is still a precious tree and not many people know that it grows a very interesting berry, in three different colours, white, red and black, rich in antioxydant, sweet to eat raw and perfect for a tasty jam.
Living in a world in which we all look desperately for new and healthy flavours, it’s enough to go out of our home, in summer time, and pick up this new-ancient special fruit, also for free. This is the reason why Pellizza’s picture shows us a past history, that today could relive thanks our modern and cute culture, focusing the recovery of lost values: maybe it’s not too late.