In a region with a strong agricultural tradition like Basilicata, nickel and histamine-free strawberries and tomatoes are cultivated with an innovative hydroponic system. This is the practice of FruitHydroSinni, a company based in Policoro (Matera) that sells fruit and vegetables produced using both NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) and the aeroponic technique.
"We are a new and innovative company who have responded to a growing need to evolve a solution for all those consumers who are diagnosed with severe food allergies or intolerances, which are unfortunately becoming increasingly common in Italy. Thanks to our agronomic techniques, we are able to produce fruit and vegetables not only nickel and histamine-free, but also without other heavy metals. We do not want to compete with other international companies, our only goal is to market fresh and healthy food of the highest quality, produced with methods that allow us to reduce the environmental impact," says Anna Cirigliano, CEO of the company.
"Our flagship products include strawberries and tomatoes that are nickel and histamine-free, each produced both in NFT and vertical aeroponics and without the use of nutrients or external active ingredients. With regard to the earlier ones, we grow Sabrosa and Melissa from January to the end of June, for a total of 200sqm. In addition to a Brix higher than 12 degrees, these fruits also boast an extraordinary shelf-life. As a matter of fact, strawberries grown with the hydroponic technique will neither tend to soften nor lose their classic conical shape, but will start to dry out after seven days."
"Speaking of tomatoes, the area covered is 2400sqm. Cherry tomatoes are available 12 months a year, with a shelf-life of up to 25 days and a Brix grade that reaches 14 degrees. The floating system technology allows us to also produce onions, lettuce, basil, aubergines, parsley, parsley and oregano, making the FruitHydroSinni portfolio rich and diversified. In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, we also offer processed products, such as jams and marmalades, all of which are obviously free of heavy metals, nickel and histamine."
"Our customers are not only Italian, but also from abroad, especially from Germany and France. After launching the e-commerce platform, we noticed that these products seemed to be particularly preferred in the Centre-North and the Islands. In recent months, due to the pandemic, orders have increased by 80%. We are satisfied with our work, especially because we provide solutions to intolerant or allergic people who are sometimes forced to deprive themselves of Made in Italy agricultural products. FruitHydroSinni takes care of this specific market segment."