Ark of Taste

The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods that have been important in cultures around the world and that now are at risk of disappearing. This catalog includes fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, sweets, cured meats, baked goods, and more.

The Ark was created to draw public attention to these foods and to their risk of extinction, and in this way to encourage people to take action to protect them—by buying and consuming Ark foods, by telling their stories and the stories of their producers, or, in the case of endangered wild species, by consuming less or none the food so that it may be preserved.

The Oregon Ark of Taste Committee works to identify endangered foods that are unique to our state or that have had special meaning to communities here. Linda Ziedrich, a former Slow Food Corvallis board member, nominated three of the Oregon products now on the Ark, Hudson’s Golden Gem apple, the Kirk-Howe walnut and Scio kolace.

You can view the entire Ark of Taste catalog                 .

We invite you to join us in the process of identifying more Oregon foods that belong on the Ark. Please feel free to share your ideas with us.