Ark of Taste

The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods, we keep them in production and on our plates.

Grow –  Want to make your vegetable garden a refuge for food biodiversity?  You can find Ark of Taste seeds from these resources.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Nature and Nurture Seeds
Seed Savers Exchange

Sustainable Seed Company
Terroir Seeds
Victory Seed

Shop – Slow Food USA has teamed up with LocalHarvest, a comprehensive online directory of small farmers, farmers markets, and other local food sources, to connect consumers to producers* of Ark of Taste foods. Check out the listings to find a producer near you.

* The producers themselves provide the information in the listings on Slow Food USA does not review the information found in the listings.

Cook – What to do once you’ve got an Ark of Taste ingredient?  Cook something tasty with it!  Have a great recipe using an Ark of Taste food you want to share?  Send it to and we’ll post it.

Below are products with specific cultural or historic importance to the Mid-Atlantic region that we hope to promote to ensure their endurance and celebration.  You can search Local Harvest’s website to find local producers of these ingredients.

Bay Scallop
Cape May Salt Oyster
Delaware Bay Oyster

Harrison Cider Apple – NJ
Newtown Pippin Apple – NY
Burford Pear – VA
American Persimmon
Bronx Grapes – NY
Norton Grape – VA
Oldmixon Free Peach – NY

Black Turkey – MD, VA
Cayuga Duck – NY
Delaware Chicken – DL
Dominique Chicken
Guinea Hog – VA and southeast
Jersey Buff Turkey
Jersey Giant Chicken – NJ
Midget White Turkey – MD
Wyandotte Chicken – NY

American Butternut
American Chestnut
Shagbark Hickory Nut

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
True Red Cranberry Bean
Turkey Craw Bean – NC, VA, TN

Early Blood Turnip-Rooted Beet
Fish Pepper
Hinkelhatz Hot Pepper – PA
Amish Pie Squash – MD
Boston Marrow Squash – NY
Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry – PA
Chalk’s Early Jewel Tomato – PA
Orange Oxheart Tomato – VA
Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato – WV

Norton Grape – VA

Sourwood Honey

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