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La Gomera isla invitada en la feria Gastrocanarias 2016

El presidente del Cabildo de La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo, anima a productores y empresarios a aprovechar el turismo para elevar la rentabilidad de la producción agroalimentaria de las islas, y especialmente de La Gomera, de la que destaca la “alta calidad y singularidad” de productos como el almogrote, los quesos, los vinos, los mojos, el gofio, la “rica” repostería y la “miel de palma”.

El máximo representante insular hizo estas declaraciones durante la inauguración del III Salón Gastronómico de Canarias, que tuvo lugar hoy en el Recinto Ferial de Tenerife, y que ha hecho de La Gomera la primera isla invitada.

“El sector primario puede convertirse en una actividad rentable si lo convertimos en la despensa no sólo de los canarios, sino también de los más de 13 millones de turistas que nos visitan”, afirmó antes de informar que la isla colombina ha habilitado un stand de 64 metros cuadrados, con ubicación preferente, que se convertirá en un escaparate para la difusión y servicios de la isla, además del espacio en el que se realizarán diferentes actividades vinculadas con la cultura y las tradiciones.

Curbelo insistió en que el III Salón Gastronómico de Canarias, que se celebra hasta el próximo día 26, será, sin duda, una magnífica ocasión para promocionar productos y empresas insulares, pues está previsto que asistan unos 12.000 profesionales del sector. “Propietarios de restaurantes, camareros, alumnos de centros formativos de hostelería y restauración, representantes de tiendas y mercados gourmets, medios de comunicación y, por supuesto, cocineros como Braulio Simancas, chef gomero que se encargará del show-cooking que hoy tendrá lugar”, detalló.

“Con más razón en tiempos de dificultades, estamos obligados a aprovechar todas y cada una de nuestras ventajas,  ampliar y mejorar la oferta que brindamos al turista y, por consiguiente, dar más sabor canario al turismo”, dijo para después añadir que “tenemos que apostar no sólo por una mayor presencia de los productos agroalimentarios en la difusión de los valores turísticos regionales que se realiza en el exterior, sino también aprovechar la afluencia de visitantes para brindar la gastronomía de la tierra”.

Al hacerlo ayudaremos a los sectores productivos tradicionales de nuestra economía: la agricultura y la ganadería. Y al hacer rentable la producción local también ayudaremos a reducir la dependencia de las islas del exterior, además de fijar la población y evitar la emigración y el despoblamiento de territorios, para finalmente generar empleo y progreso en nuestro archipiélago.

Por todo, Curbelo invitó a hacer una nueva revolución agraria en Canarias, que comience en este Salón Gastronómico, y que tenga como objetivo llevar todo lo bueno de nuestra producción agroalimentaria y nuestra cocina a los platos no sólo de nuestras  casas, sino también de los hogares de quienes nos visitan. 

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Winged wondersI try not to use scientific jargon and long words here but "I'm a lepidopterist," a man called Mike whom I met at Flicks Bar told me. Great, I told him, so am I, but he already knew that because he had been avidly reading my column.

 

Lepidopterists study butterflies and moths and there are some very interesting ones to be found on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. One of the moths that live here has actually been in the publicity posters for a blockbuster movie but I found the caterpillar crawling in a flowerbed in Candelaria.

 

I recognised Wholesale NBA Jerseys it right away as the larva of the Death Head Hawk moth, which is very big and green with spots on its sides and a pointed horn at its tale end. It likes to eat potato leaves and other plants in the tomato and nightshade family but on Tenerife it has lots of Wholesale NFL Jerseys other food plants to choose from including the Tulip Tree, the Lantana and West Indian Honeysuckle.

 

The adult moth gets its name because of the skull marking on its thorax and its striped body that could look a bit like the bones of a skeleton. To add to its scary image it also can squeak and there are many superstitions about the insect.

 

The moth is believed to be a harbinger of death and a bad omen. It's not surprising then that it got picked to star alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs horror movie.

 

The Death Head Hawk moth is a rare migrant to the UK but is fairly common here and besides living wild they are bred at the Mariposario del Drago, a butterfly house in Icod, which is well worth a visit.

 

They also have all sorts of exotic species that they breed and allow to fly freely in the mini jungle inside and there are pupae on display in readiness for hatching. There is also a small cinema where they show a film about butterflies and the insect world.

 

Unfortunately due to problems with the local council regarding the building being not in keeping with other architecture in the area the place was forced to close last year and many butterflies were left to die when the staff were evicted. Following a public outcry about this cruelty and many months gone by, the centre has now had the OK to reopen and is Cheap Jerseys currently having building alterations being done to comply with the local rules.

 

One of the butterflies you can expect to find there is the Monarch but you can also see this gorgeous creature as it flits around on sunny days here. In America this amazing insect migrates all the way from Canada and the north down to Mexico, Florida and Central America where it over winters, but here it's content to stay put and enjoy the sunshine, a bit like me.

 

The Monarch is also known as the Milkweed from the food plant of the caterpillar. The plant is poisonous and the larva incorporates this Wholesale NBA Jerseys from china into its own defense system. Because the caterpillar and the adult butterfly are both toxic to would be predators they wear warning colours with the mature insect clothed in red and black and the larva striped in black, cream and yellow.

 

The American Viceroy takes things a step further by imitating the colour scheme of the Monarch so its enemies will think it's poisonous too.

 

Another common butterfly in Tenerife is the African Grass Blue, which is also aptly nicknamed the Flowerbed Blue. You will see these charming little winged wonders in the centres of towns and the most unlikely places.

 

I know a place in Los Cristianos where there's a lawn at the side of a pathway by a shopping mall and whoever is responsible for mowing it deserves a pat on the back for leaving a patch of white clover to carry on blooming. Although the area where the flowers are wholesale jerseys is only about 6 ft across there's a mini colony of African Grass Wholesale NBA Jerseys china Blues there and I have counted a dozen happily courting, feeding and flitting about.

 

Other types you might see here are the Bath and Small Whites, the yellow or cream coloured African Migrant, the Canary Speckled Wood and the Canary Red Admiral. Butterflies are often aptly named, the Small White is small and white, the African Migrant comes from Africa, the Canary Speckled Wood is speckled and tends to frequent places with plenty of trees and bushes.

 

The names of moths often reveal a lot about them too. You may well have been plagued by green caterpillars that will happily devour just about any garden flower you have, and the cheap NBA Jerseys china chances are the pests would have been the larvae of the Silver Y. Today it is popular because of its natural swimming pools.

 

Nice to hear someone so keen on butterflies. I used to be a member of butterfly conservation in this country. They have many Cheap NFL Jerseys experts on moths too.