The plant of the prickly pear is native of central Mexico, Christopher Columbus expedition’s explorers introduced it into Europe. Actually it has become a distinguishing feature of southern Italian territories, as well as into Mediterranean area.
Its funny little structure looks beautiful and interesting for its fruit (just as prickly, but they give a touch of color), but it has a great resistance to drought and high productivity of biomass. The qualities of this plant are interesting and hidden: from it is possible to obtain a special fiber which, when applied as a coating on the furniture, gives it a very special appearance; it’s the reason to get an Oscar.
A farmer of Galatina, in the deep south of Puglia, is the winner of the “Green Oscar Coldiretti 2013,” the national award for innovation in the category “Style and corporate culture.” The procedure to obtain the fiber is articulated but the natural result and unchanged over time. It’s called “Sikalindi” the material that comes out that is patented. The production process takes place entirely in Italy (Lecce), and the final look is very curious. At the moment it is applied on the furniture, but it could find an eco-fashion not use thanks to its origin 100% nature.
Originaria del Messico centrale, la pianta del fico d’India fu introdotta in Europa dagli esploratori della spedizione di Cristoforo Colombo. In Italia, oggi è divenuta ormai elemento caratterizzante dei territori del sud, così come dell’area mediterranea tanto da passare quasi inosservato.
A guardare la sua buffa struttura appare poco bella ed interessante se non per i suoi frutti (altrettanto spinosi, ma che ne danno un tocco di colore), ma possiede una grande resistenza alla siccità e, al tempo stesso, una grande produttività in termini di biomassa… read more