The limitation of natural resources, combined with current trends and consumption needs, urgently requires sustainable food systems capable of producing healthier products. The “MEDACORNET” project aims to boost adherence to the Mediterranean diet, through the development of new products based on acorns, as a historic Mediterranean superfood, while promoting the actors involved in its production and processing. The data generated will be used to define dietary guidelines/recommendations and strategies to promote the adoption of acorns as an ingredient in healthy and sustainable Mediterranean diets. In short, MEDACORNET aims to unlock the value chain of the acorn, an ancient traditional ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine produced by several native oak species, currently wasted. Based on the established trans-Mediterranean consortium, the project will produce results in complementary but diversified fields of action, aimed at valuing the acorns of our native forests.
Funding: Prima Med, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Type of project: PRIMA Section 2 Call multi-topics 2022
Duration: 36 months
Start: 1st June 2023
Coordination LandraTech: Dr. Pedro Babo
Consortium: LANDRATECH (LT; Portugal), MARE – Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPLeiria; Portugal), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB; Portugal), Collaborative Laboratory Mountains of Research (MORE; Portugal), University of Bari (UBA; Itália), University of Osijek (UO; Croácia), Beykent University (BU; Turquia), Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (UAE; Marrocos), University of Tunis El Manar (UTM; Tunisia), Mechanics Laboratory Computational- University of Tlemcen (MECACOMP, Argélia), GEOAI ANALYTICS, S.L. (GeoAI; Espanha)