The Presidia sustain quality production at risk of extinction, protect unique regions and ecosystems, recover traditional processing methods, safeguard native breeds and local plant varieties.

After cataloguing the first hundred products at risk of extinction (with the Ark of Taste ), the project took a step further, entering the world of the production process, to learn about the areas of origin, meet producers, promote their products, skills and knowledge. In this way, Presidia involve small-scale producers who are willing to cooperate, including jointly defining production rules and ways to promote products. Their main job is to preserve their ancient knowledge, promote sustainable practices and develop local areas.

Over the years the Slow Food Presidia project has become one of the most effective instruments to put Slow Food’s politics on agriculture and biodiversity into practice. Today, more than 600 Presidia involve more than 13,000 producers in the world.

Discover all Presidia established in Azerbaijan within the project below.

Ata-Baba Hazelnut

Ata-Baba hazelnut is an ancient hazelnut cultivar of Azerbaijan. Meaning “passed on from father to son” in local dialect, this peculiar variety is diffuse in the northern part of the country, on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, between the districts of Gabala and Gakh. Foothills mild climates, together with the presence of water reserves, have contributed to the […]

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Caucasian Buffalo

Thanks to vast marshes and wetlands, in Azerbaijan buffalo husbandry has been practiced since ancient times and have been played an important role in satisfying national demand for meat and dairy products. Local population has strong traditions and experience in keeping Caucasian Buffalo, a domestic water buffalo breed (Bubalus bubalis) and, still nowadays, are extremely valuable in the Azerbaijanian agrobiodiversity […]

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Caucasian Mountain Honey

The mild climatic conditions in the mountainous and middle mountainous areas of North-Western part of Azerbaijan allowed the development of wild beekeeping tradition, called “tekne”, since ancient times. Tekne is a hollowed wooden log, a replication of the natural habitat of the bees in trees. They are mainly carved from soft trees, traditionally linden or alder. Sizes of wood logs […]

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Madrasa Grape

Madrasa is a local red grape variety named after the village of Madrasa in the Shamakhi region of Azerbaijan, historically known as Shirvan region. Currently, Madrasa vines are grown in several villages in Shamakhi and Ismailli districts located between 700 and 800 meter of altitude, where small-scale producers generally dedicate part of their vineyard to this variety, mainly for their […]

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Wild Caucasian Rosehip

Rosehip is a perennial bush plants belonging to the genus Rosa in the Rosaceae family, which grows spontaneously in the alluvial plain of the Girdimanchay river and in the riparian forests of the district of Ismayilli, in the north-eastern part of the country. The genus Rosa includes numerous specie: more than 300 are registered worldwide, of which 42 can be […]

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