Ark of Taste

To qualify for the US Ark of Taste, food products must be:

  • Outstanding in terms of taste—as defined in the context of local traditions and uses
  • At risk biologically or as culinary traditions
  • Sustainably produced
  • Culturally or historically linked to a specific region, locality, ethnicity or traditional production practice
  • Produced in limited quantities, by farms or by small-scale processing companies

Product categories include vegetables, fruits and berries, nuts, cereals, cheeses, fish, shellfish, game, livestock, poultry, beverages, honey, spices, syrups, vinegars, and more.

Ark of Taste entries from Florida include:

  • Wilson Popenoe Avocado
  • Pantin Mamey Sapote
  • Florida Cracker Cattle
  • Royal Palm Turkey
  • Datil Pepper
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Wild Catfish
  • Wild Gulf Coast Shrimp

See more Ark of Taste program details on the Slow Food USA website

Ark of Taste Gardens



Deer Tongue Lettuce

Deer Tongue Lettuce Urban Farming Institute


Slow Food Glades to Coast is proud to announce that we have received a grant from Slow Food USA to support 5 School and Community Ark of Taste Gardens in Broward and Palm Beach County in the 2015-16 Growing Season. These gardens will help preserve important heirloom plant varieties that are part of Slow Food’s Ark of Taste and will encourage garden visitors to learn more about the importance of such heirlooms and allow growers to enjoy their great tastes and variety of color and form.

This support includes providing the applicant with the following:

  1. Seeds from 4 selected Ark of Taste seed varieties (this year - Seminole Pumpkin, Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry, Christmas Lima Bean, Speckled Lettuce)
  2. Signage for the selected seed varieties
  3. A presentation on the Ark of Taste

The following Gardens have been selected to participate in 2015-2016:



Delray Beach Children’s Garden

Shelly Zacks

Grey Mockingbird Community Garden

Brian Kirsch


Miramar Community Garden

Alex McCrae

South Plantation High School

Gustavo Junco

Urban Farming Institute

Ian Wolinksy (Schools)
Jon Albee (UFI)