The main goal of the study presented here is to compile traditional knowledge about plants in Formentera and Mallorca, with a focus on medicinal and food uses, before it is too late and such knowledge is lost.
In the spring of 1965, Dwayne Douglas, assistant coach of the University of Florida’s football team, posed a question to Robert Cade, kidney specialist at the same university. Why do players lose so much weight during training and matches and urinate so little? To Cade, the answer was obvious: the players were sweating so much they lost weight and did not have enough fluids left to urinate.
Very few activities have been so attached to the development of our society like agriculture has. All along history, the world of agriculture has been an essential piece in the social and economic changes of the region of Valencia. For centuries, our ancestors have selected and used vegetables and animals for their own feeding and for their communities, in a Mediterranean ecosystem, within the laws of ecology, adapting to the environment and modifying it.
In late modernity, and particularly in the so-called First World, eating habits (like consumption in general) has become a way to look for safety, well-being, freedom and identity. This consumption is also object of social control by peer groups, family, Administrations,
Flavour and texture are two criteria currently used to accept or reject food. Texture is a concept with no clear definition when used in gastronomy. However, materials science can help us to develop objective procedures to measure the texture of foods, for the latter is