The Tavira Centre for Agricultural Experimentation (CEA) in the Region of Algarve houses the largest collection of Mediterranean fruit trees in Portugal, with over 1,000 varieties of traditional fruit trees and 29 hectares of territory.
Agricultural technicians from the Algarve Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries (DRAP) have been collecting trees and vines from across the region, carefully replanting them in this area in order to study and preserve their species.
The collection is incredibly vast: it consists of 44 species of carob tree, hundreds of varieties of citrus trees and vines and many others, such as fig, almond, olive, pomegranate, loquat or apple trees.
Technicians of the centre have been carrying out a remarkable work to identify and save the species at risk of extinction, creating a germplasm bank to preserve biodiversity of the region.
Therefore, the Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries is now willing to rehabilitate this centre and open it to society in order to enhance the valuable work that is done here to protect the genetic heritage of fruit trees that are fundamental to the Mediterranean Diet.