The Moise Palace on Cres again hosted an interesting lecture dedicated to health and the knowledges forgotten, when it comes to preserving it. On Thursday, July 16th, 2020, the Moise audience found out about the cornel (Cornus mas L.), on a lecture entitled “Searching for the Super Fruit of our Parts: The Forgotten Cornel”. The project, funded by the “27 Neighbourhoods” program is conceived to present the “Neighbourhood Kampus” as a part of the “Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture” project; and those citizens who attended the lecture at the Palace, have been presented with the results of chemical analysis of the cornel gathered around Rijeka (including the cornel collected on Cres). The analysis of the “forgotten cornel” was conducted at the Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, and the lecture was accompanied by a practical introduction to aromas.
The healthy properties of the cornel have been known since the dawn of time and thanks to the conducted chemical analysis, we are now familiar with the scientific basis of the general claims praising the many benefits of consuming cornel. The best ways of preparing cornel have also been presented, in order to maximally preserve its useful properties. This was an opportunity to compare the scientifically proven facts about cornel with the practical experiences of the citizens of Cres and other Moise visitors. The lecture was held by an expert on aromas, M.Sc.Land.Arch. Tomislav Pavlešić, who introduced the term “aroma” before taking the audience on a sensory exploration. Under his guidance, the audience tried a multitude of samples of various flavors after the lecture, which was held according to the Croatian epidemiological standards and proscriptions.