The location of Istria and the climatic factors enable successful cultivation of vines, olives, figs and fruit species such as almond, jujube, pomegranate, common strawberry or hackberry, which could potentially increase the production diversity and enrich the tourist offer. Once upon a time, these fruit species were quite widespread; recently you can find them only rarely. The mentioned fruit species do not have a morphological and botanical description; there is no information on the nutritional value of these plants nor the biodiversity of the species that grow in the area of Istria.
The main goals of the project are:
The project THE VEGETATION OF ISTRIA is co-financed from European funds for regional development and links partners from Slovenia (Biotechnical Faculty - University in Ljubljana, Scientific research centre of the University of Primorska, the Association for Sustainable Development of Istria) and Croatia (Inštitut za poljeprivredu i turizam Poreč, Općina Vižinada-Visinada, Udruga za promicanje i zaščitu kulturnih programa „TRIADA“ Sveti Lovreč).
The experimental plantations of jujube and pomegranate present a permanent legacy of the project. They will provide space for promotional and educational events and the exchange of views and experiences in the cultivation of old fruit species. Promotional activities and educations will result in greater visibility for both potential producers as well as consumers. It is well known that visitors and tourists pay more and more attention to high quality foods with known geographical origin. It therefore presents the research and the cultivation of listed species, the potential market niche, an enrichment of the tourist offer as well as a potential income source for the local population on both sides of the border.