09. The manna today

Currently most of the ash trees are uncultivated and about 150 ash growers, mostly elderly, continue to practice, year after year, the ritual of engraving. Only on a narrow area of about 100 hectares, distributed in the countryside of Castelbuono and Pollina, the ash trees, in the summer months, continue to turn white:the white of manna.
09. The manna today Elsewhere now, the old wounds have long since healed and covered with bark. This surface, therefore, remains as evidence of a centuries-old agricultural activity that has given a lot to the economy of these territories and which is unique and exclusive, not finding a match in nowhere else in the world.
In recent years the price of manna has significantly increased becoming profitable, so much so as to allow a timid resumption of cultivation. Furthermore, new perspectives for its commercialization are glimpsed in the organic production sector.
The relaunch of this crop is possible and desirable both for the productive aspect and for the requalification of the vegetal landscape of a large area that is part of or adjacent to the Madonie Park.
Manna delle Madonie offers new life to the traditional local economy, through a work of promoting manna, and selling through the new commercial channels resulting from the advent of e-commerce.