Fajã da Ovelha focuses on tabaibo

Fair celebrates figs, tabaibo and honey

Fajã da Ovelha focuses on tabaibo

The Regional Exhibition of Figs, Tabaibo and Honey, taking place since Wednesday, in Fajã da Ovelha, ends today. The event opens at 10:00 am with a full program running until 18:00 pm

The program for this event, organized by the Casa do Povo da Fajã da Ovelha, was marked yesterday by a conference on the challenges of tabaibo and the opening of the producers’ exhibition.

This event is co-financed by the government and the European Union (Proderam, Leader, Regional Government, Portugal 2020 and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development), as well as the Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Municipality of Calheta and ADRAM – Development Association of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The “tabaibo” is the fruit of the “tabaibeira”, a plant of the cacti family composed of fleshy and flattened segments. It grows on the slopes spontaneously and does not imply any kind of cultivation. The tabaibo has an oval shape and is covered by a thick bark, full of peaks. The seeds are edible. It is a summer fruit produced in quantity notably in the parishes of Caniço and São Gonçalo.

The tabaibo is marketed in the municipal markets or through street vendors. Not surprisingly the bark is removed with the aid of gloves. It has been used occasionally, in the making of Poncha.

The fruits scientific name is Opuntia, often called prickly pear or pear cactus.

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