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Salvatore Bongiovanni donated 1,350 kilos of almonds to help make record-breaking nougat. According to the the Guinness World Records certificate of honour, "the longest nougat measures 695 metres and was achieved at an event organised for the saint's day festival in honour of the Madonna del Mazzaro, in the city of Mazarin, by Don Carmelo Bilardo (Italy) with the help of around 200 Sicilian pastry chefs, associated with the AMPI, under the direction of master pastry chef Nicola Fiasconaro. The nougat was prepared and exhibited in Mazzarino, Sicily, Italy, on 23 September 2011." The record-breaking nougat was made in 16 hours (Source, ilfattonisseno.it).
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Almonds are immune against the crisis, but coming together is very important. These are the words of Salvatore Bongiovanni from an interview with the newspaper La Sicilia.it on 17 July 2012. He spoke of the commercial and economic value of almonds, with hopes for greater synergy between the producers of Mazzarino. Download the pdf and read the article.
Mandorla immune alla crisi
1,350 kilos of Bongiovanni almonds to create the record-breaking nougat.
Torrone da Guinness
The Guinness World Record for the world's longest nougat.
Certificato torrone da Guinness
The Sicilian almond finally has a single brand, with the aim of reviving the sector by means of the synergy between the island's producers. This has led to the creation of "A. Pro. Ma. S." (Association for the Almond Producers of Sicily), which includes Bongiovanni Srl. among its members. For further information, read the article published in "La Sicilia" on 4 December 2014.
Associazione Produttori per la Mandorla di Sicilia
The company organises promotional events to publicly demonstrate the quality of nuts from Sicily, a land with a unique climate that imbues produce with an inimitable taste. The Mazarinno-based company offers all the flavour of the true Sicilian pistachio, as well as numerous products made from almonds, including almond sticks and many other typical Sicilian delicacies.
Seminario Mandorla di Sicilia
In Mazzarino on 27 June, Totò Bongiovanni took part in the information day called "cultural innovations and quality productions for the Almond of Sicily" trademark, organised by Soat Mazarin in collaboration with Soat di Delia. The event was part of the PSR 2007-13 Misura 111 Azione 2 Informazione. The meeting was attended by technicians, industry professionals and farmers, all united by the desire to expand their knowledge on the almond growing, with the purpose of finding useful solutions for improving agronomic aspects and commercial outlets for this business, which has always been part of the region. In his speech, Totò Bongiovanni, member of and advisor to Apromas (Associazione Produttori Mandorla di Sicilia - Association of the Almond Producers of Sicily), invited those present to join up and to respect the production rules, with the aim of ensuring high quality standards over time.
Benefici delle mandorle
The almond is the edible seed of the almond tree, a plant belonging to the Rosaceae family, like the peach. Almonds are eaten dried throughout the year, and can only be found fresh in the spring. Sicily has always been the homeland of almonds, but while Agrigento was the main producer until the beginning of the twentieth century, cultivating more than 700 species, the growing areas have now fallen drastically, with many varieties disappearing as a consequence. Bitter almonds contain a toxic substance, amygdalin, which makes them unfit for human consumption. Almonds in a shell can also be stored for several months in a cool, dry place, while shelled ones must be placed in a sealed jar and consumed quickly. Rich in protein, digestible and full of energy, almonds contain B vitamins, vitamin E, unsaturated fats, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and phosphorus. They also have a small amount of laetrile, which is thought to have anticancer properties. The almonds are composed of 55% fat, 25% protein and 20% sugars. Almonds have high energy properties, but that's not all. In fact, laxative properties have been attributed to this nut since ancient times. Recommended in cases of malnutrition, almonds are an optimal food in cases when the body requires more energy, such as in pregnancy, convalescence, sport and all circumstances in which the individual is subjected to a intense physical and intellectual work. The vitamin E contained in almonds has also a decisive action that reduces the risk of heart attacks. Together with unsaturated fat, it helps to reduce the growth of atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries. Their high energy and nutritional value means excessive daily consumption, i.e. more than a dozen, is not recommended. Almond milk is recommended for calming coughs and provides an excellent tonic for the elderly and children. Sweet almond oil is rich in minerals, protein, vitamin A and other B vitamins, and can also be used as an alternative to traditional soap and is an excellent, nourishing and soothing emollient. It is suitable for every type of skin, fights ageing and is very useful for dealing with dry skin. Thanks to its softening effect, it is also very useful in the event of chicken pox or measles, and also prevents stretch marks during pregnancy or due to a strict diet. If used as a compress 20 minutes before washes, it makes an excellent remedy for dull hair, restoring strength and shine.