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January 19, 2016

Green Week update: 18 January 2016

Golden shower tree pods and “kerosene” mangoes from Sierra Leone

Curious visitors to the Sierra Leone stand at the Green Week are chewing the small black leaves which are contained in the tube-like fruits, with a length of up to 50 centimetres, from the manna tree, known also as the golden shower tree. The flavour is like a combination of licorice and honey, and the fruits can be boiled to make a tea. They are also valued as a natural remedy for their healing effects. “Many Europeans know little about our country”, says Mamusu Conteh-Jones from the Ministry of Agriculture. Efforts are being made to change this. Among the products from Sierra Leone are coffee, cocoa, cashew nuts, peanuts, and sweet potatoes. The West African country also produces various types of mango, including one very large variety that smells of kerosene but has a very sweet taste, and another with seedless mini-fruits. This first official participation by Sierra Leone in the Green Week is part of its efforts to revitalise its agricultural sector, which virtually came to a standstill during the Ebola crisis. “We want to express our thanks for the generous assistance provided by Germany during the Ebola crisis, and want to continue this collaboration”, said Mamusu Conteh-Jones. “Our problem is in the processing.” Consequently investors are being sought to help set up suitable factories, and also for agricultural research.

Hall 7.2b, Stand 115, contact: Mamusu Conteh-Jones, T: +232 2533 2862, M:

Cheese with pollen and fruit confectionery from Croatia

Tomaić Commerce is a family-run enterprise with several decades of experience in the production of cheese, and is making its first appearance at the Green Week. The range consists of some 15 different types of cheese, made with goat, sheep and cow’s milk, and which are supplied by 70 small, regional farms. Visitors to the Croatian combined stand can sample and purchase ten different varieties, including the semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk, with pollen or truffles. Immediately adjacent to this stand is the display by Natalia Županić, with the strong, fruity spirits that she makes herself, from pears, peaches, plums and cherries, and slivovitz is also included. Only natural ingredients are used, and this also applies to the hand-made confectionery. The choices include fig and walnut, covered with oats, coconut flakes or chocolate chips for a healthy snack.

Hall 18.2, Stand 113, contacts: Vladimir Tomaić and Natalia Županić, T: +385 (0)53 771177 and +385 (0)98 636629, M: and

Coffee and multi-use organic cane sugar from Colombia

A Colombia saying is displayed on a sign above the stand: “Coffee should be like a girl’s kiss on the first day. Sweet, like the nights in her arms. Black, like her mother’s curses when she finds out.” Constanza Ordonez de Meisel, owner of the Galería El Dorado in Frankfurt, is presenting Colombian coffee from her South American homeland at the Green Week. This coffee is easily digestible, and is made from large beans, which have been awarded the UTZ certificate of quality for sustainable cultivation. Panela organic cane sugar is a new addition to the range and is suitable not only for sweetening food and beverages but also improves performance, because it contains potassium, magnesium and thiamin. Moreover, it contains vitamin B6, dissolved in water and lemon juice, which relieves cold symptoms and can be used in cosmetics for cane sugar peeling.

Hall 7.2c, Stand 111, contact: Constanza Ordonez de Maisel, T: +49 (0)69 6312440, M:

Madagascar: One euro to help set up a business

For many years the Green Week has been among the main supporters of an exemplary initiative launched by Lalasoa Ruckdeschel, who comes from Madagascar, lives in Germany and is married to a Bavarian. With her company MadaSpice she is selling spices at the fair, and these have been grown by small farmers in her home country. There farmers’ wives also make bags from palm fibres, which are also included in the display. These activities have enabled many families to build permanent houses and provide their children with an education. She has now launched a new project and enabled the first 700 families to earn a living through the cultivation of chayote and chilli. In the rainy season a chayote plant produces up to 150 kilograms of fruit, which can be processed to create a main meal, with the leaves served as a side dish. If the family retains 50 kilos to meet their own requirements and sells the rest, together with the chilli, the earnings can be used to buy more plants. Lalasoa Ruckdeschel hopes to set up 20,000 businesses in this way, which is more than she can manage on her own. That is why supporters are needed. The start-up capital per family is just one euro.

Hall 6.2, Stand 242, contact: Lalasoa Ruckdeschel, T: +49 (0)89 666 165 74, M:

More teas and new nut mixtures from Kenya

This year Joshua Kandie has expanded his display at the Green Week and is now offering fruit teas and mixed nuts from his Kenyan homeland. As well as coffee and Tusker beer, his exhibits again include handicrafts. Kandie has been representing his country for many years on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and, in his spare time, he is involved in a German-based initiative to support the village of Kapsogo in one of the poorest regions of the country. Schools have already been built there and now the first senior citizens’ home is under construction. Last autumn “Pro Kapsogo” came second out of 122 in the Metro Community Stars competition, which presents awards for non-profit making projects. The first prize of 3000 euros is enough to provide seven and a half training places for young people for one year in Kenya.

Hall 7.2b, Stand 100, contact: Joshua Kandie, T: +49 (0)821 559632, M:

Bulgaria exports sheep’s cheese and dried meat

German consumers will soon be finding Bulgarian sheep’s cheese and air dried buffalo meat in their large supermarkets. An agreement to this effect was signed at the Green Week by the responsible minister and the representatives of large supermarket chains. A foretaste is available on the Bulgarian stand, where visitors can also sample spirits and a liqueur made from rose petals, as well as mastika, the milder tasting Bulgarian version of ouzo. Entertainment will be provided by a professional dance troupe, presenting traditional dances in decorative costumes from various regions.

Hall 6.2, Stand 119, contact: Ralf Petrov, T: +359 888 598 660, M:

Dining with the gods is only possible in Greece

The Cretan cuisine is not only healthy, it also tastes delicious. It is based on just a few products, but they are of outstanding quality, and include olive oil, cheese, wine, vegetables and snails. They are imaginatively combined but without one flavour overpowering another. “Our presentation at the Green Week is intended to convince consumers of the outstanding quality of our Greek products”, said Deputy Governor Theano Vrentzou-Skordalaki. The Peloponnese region is also exhibiting at the Green Week. “This is our first time here“, explains Periklis Mantas, Deputy Director of the region, “and we are appealing to the emotions in order to combine our outstanding products such as olive oil with a memorable tourism experience.”

Hall 6.2, Stand 114, contact: Maria Giakoumaki, T: +30 6932 312923, M:

Brewers celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Purity Law

The German Brewers’ Federation expects the trend for increasing diversity and strong regional brands to continue this year. There are currently over 5,500 different brands of beer in Germany, and a new beer is being launched every week. The current popularity of craft beers and specialities shows the countless possibilities and different flavours that are available within the scope of the Purity Law. Brewers can make use of some 170 different types of hops and 40 different malts. In addition there are just under 200 different strains of yeast. The Purity Law was proclaimed on 23 April 1516 in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, and is now known the whole world over. It stipulates that only four natural ingredients may be used to brew beer: water, malt, hops and yeast.

Hall 12, Stand 112, contact: Marc-Oliver Huhnholz, T: +49 (0)30 20916716, M:

Berlin air with a salmon döner and smoked pork nuggets

Berlin’s display at the Green Week is even larger and more diverse than in previous years, and features many new products and a wealth of highlights. Germany’s first salmon döner, comprising alternating layers of salmon and pollock and served with a home-made honey-mustard-dill sauce or remoulade, is being offered by the neighbourhood smokehouse Rauchzeichen. Smoked pork nuggets and pulled pork wraps from the Reinickendorf-based company Matthies are making their debut at the fair. From the suburb of Kaulsdorf, the old-established distillery Schilkin is extending its “Berliner Luft” (Berlin Air) range with a fresh new variety, elderberry. “On Sunday all our stocks were sold out by 2 p.m.”, reports sales manager Hans-Jörg Ullrich. Former actor Sascha Merdanovic, creator of a crispy Berlin chocolate, has named his company “Höflich Schokolade” (Polite Chocolate) to demonstrate to the world that the people in Germany’s capital are not as rude as they are made out to be. Artistes from the Fujiama Nightclub will be the guests on the stand on Friday (22 Jan.) and Saturday (23 Jan.) from 4 to 6.30 p.m. And the baker and confectioner Buchwald, the leading name in Berlin for layer cake since 1852, has produced a smaller version, which visitors to the fair can sample.

Hall 21, contact: Sigrid Walcher, T: +49 (0)170 2233083, M:

Schmidt: Modern agriculture for sustainable food supplies

During the Green Week the German Federal Minister for Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, met for political discussions with the Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of Zambia, Given Lubinda. The ministers of the two countries signed a statement of intent for collaboration in the fields of agriculture and food production. One of the mainstays of this collaboration is the German-Zambian Agricultural Training and Science Centre, which is being supported by the BMEL and opened in 2015. Other agreements covered a strategic dialogue and collaboration in the agro-forest sector. Minister Schmidt stated: “Our objectives are to develop a modern, sustainable agriculture and to safeguard food supplies in Zambia. Germany and Zambia share the responsibility for safeguarding the food supplies for an increasing number of people, and at the same time to ensure that the agriculture that is practiced is sustainable and economically viable. The projects that have already been agreed form the basis for closer cooperation.”