20 Oct

ADPM – Defense Association of Mértola’s Heritage

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Interview with Patricia Turra, about ADPM, association that produces organic oreganos of Lusitan Box Red Edition.

1. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your “company”?

ADPM – Defense Association of Mértola’s Heritage, is a public non-profit /Local Development Association, founded in 1980 with the aim of contributing actively to the harmonious development of the Mértola municipality, sustainable conservation, promotion and use of local resources, emphasizing the involvement of local people in the process of improving the conditions and quality of life of communities.
The mission of ADPM has to do primarily with the economic, social and cultural development of the territories in which it operates, sharing strategically with public and private entities, but also with citizens, encouraging active participation in the dynamics of their own local development process.
In order to encourage the practice of sustainable agriculture in the Lower Alentejo, we acquired in 1992, under the European Programme for the Conservation of Nature -life, the Monte do Vento, a property of 192.30 hectares certified in organic production mode by ECOCERT company in 2000 and where you can fin the Center for Studies and environmental awareness since 1996.
The Monte do Vento assert itself as a vital element of activities, in order to study, investigate and demonstrate sustainable and competitive alternatives for management of natural resources, to promote correct use of the territory that has population densities below the average of the region and with high rates of aging and that goes beyond the national average for employed population in agriculture.
The product with the highest economic importance to the property are the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP), which began to be developed in 1999, through the collection of spontaneous vegetation and currently occupies 0.300ha with about 12 varieties, mainly indigenous. In the Monte do Vento we performe the whole production cycle, from the collection of seeds, the transition to the ground, cutting, drying and packaging.

2. What makes your products special?

Our products are herbal tea “Ervas do Monte”, organically produced, and dried in the sun of Alentejo, which gives that so great color, aroma and taste with aromatic plants from Monte do Vento.

3. What is the relation between your company and the Alentejo region?

A big conexion, once that our propriety is situated inside the Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana, in the Lower Alentejo.

4. Can you give us three words that evoke the best the Alentejo region?

Aromas, flavors, Calm.

5. What is your favorite dish from Alentejo?

In the summer – Um Gaspacho with fried fish
In the winter – A “Cozido of grão” (based on meat and chickpeas)

6. What is your favorite place in Alentejo?

Mértola, for the diversity of knowledges and flavors that it can offer.

19 Oct

Alamal River Club

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Interview with Henrique Henriques, Project Manager of Alamal River Club.

1. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your “company”?

The history of Alamal River Club is still on the making and still very short. We opened in August 2016, previously it was an ancient facilities of the Pousada do Inatel de Gavião. Last
year has been a lot of work to promote the place. But it has been a rewarding job. Customer’s feedback is very positive and every day we work to improve customer service and try to provide the best experience to those who pass by Alamal. The surrounding landscape is magnificent, so should be the experience we offer.

2. What makes your products special?

The place is special. Being in a river beach which has for horizon a castle and a railway line is something special. Then, the framework of the Quinta do Alamal is also unique providing customers real moments of tranquility and possibility to really relax.

3. What is the relation between your company and the Alentejo region?

We are right on the border between the Alentejo and the Beira Baixa, only the Tagus River separates these two regions. We have a bit of each and like they say here, it is a Different Alentejo.

4. Can you give us three words that evoke the best the Alentejo region?

People, gastronomy and tranquility

5. What is your favorite dish from Alentejo?

The “Açordas”, all the “açordas”. Garlic ones, spinach ones, fish ones. It’s a big identity of gastronomy from Alentejo.

6. What is your favorite place in Alentejo?

Alamal, of course, not just to be the local of Alamal River Club, but for the tranquility it transmits every day when we wake up. I love the Alentejo, where every region have its own charm, and stories, but Alamal is something different …

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28 Sep

Pimentão do Carvalhal (Paprika Alentejano)

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Interview with Hugo Nascimento, owner of the company Pimentão do Carvalhal.

1. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your “company”?

Company / brand created in 1930. It was then given to the family that preserved it from generation to generation as a traditional quality product.

2. What makes your products special?

The “Pimentão do Carvalhal” is a natural product, a powdered condiment (paprika), reddish in color and sweet in flavor. It is manufactured in the traditional way, based on specifically selected peppers, then dehydrated by drying in traditional wood ovens, to preserve the color and quality of the product.

3. What is the relation between your company and the Alentejo region?

The company is based in Portalegre. Planting and drying is done in land of owners in  Ponte de Sôr region (Portalegre). The Carvalhal crushing plant (Portalegre) gives its name to “Pimentão do Carvalhal.”

4. Can you give us three words that evoke the best the Alentejo region?

The beauty of the Alentejo is very characteristic, you can see the arid Baixo Alentejo (southern Alentejo) and the city of Évora, with its cultural heritage, splendid. And the Alto Alentejo (Portalegre) greener with some wonderfull villages: Marvão, Castelo de Vide, Crato and many others.

5. What is your favorite dish from Alentejo?

Gastronomy is enviable in each region. It is impossible to talk about just a dish, or two or three. The way of cooking is still the most important, like migas for exemple (which you can find in several versions), the Alhada de cação, the cozido à portuguesa (with meat and regional sausages) … .. and of course, as traditional spice it should never miss the Pimentão do Carvalhal.

6. What is your favorite place in Alentejo?

Marvão.

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