Francesco Sodi, a graduate in sustainable Agrozootechnics at the University of Florence, and Eugenio Cozzolino, a graduate in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Naples "Federico II" collaborated in the creation of this section dedicated to herbaceous crops. Atlas of ancient vegetables
Atlas of herbaceous crops
We have collected the main herbaceous crops, distinct cereals, leguminous crops, tuber and horticultural plants, industrial plants, fodder and aromatic plants in an easy to consult atlas (data sheets with images). Click on the menu and select the desired crop.
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Herbaceous crops can be classified as follows:
- Food plants (cereals, leguminous grains, tuber plants and horticultural plants): due to their high digestibility they give products that can be used for the nutrition of humans and monogastric animals;
- Industrial plants (sugar, oil, textile, aromatic): the product is intended for industrial transformation;
- Forage plants: products with low digestibility due to the high fiber content; they are intended for feeding domestic herbivores.
The term cereal indicates all herbaceous plants that produce fruits which, when ground, give flour to make bread and other foods. It therefore includes all plants whose fruits or seeds rich in starch are used by man to obtain polenta, soups, bread, pasta to be cooked, and other starchy products.
Agriculture, through plant and animal production, aims to meet all the needs of the world population by providing essential products for human nutrition and raw materials for industry.
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