The Last Basket Weaver of São Mamede

  • Manuel A. N. Frutuoso
  • Helena BragancaEmail author
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


The São Mamede mountain range is the biggest in southern Portugal, and one of the few southern regions where the chestnut is still economically and socially relevant, and plays an important part in the local families’ income. This area has a great tradition of cultivating chestnuts for their fruit, which is sold at a good price and consumed mainly locally. The chestnuts that grow in the forest are ungrafted (meaning their fruit are not as sweet and tasty and those coming from grafted trees, hence they have no commercial value) and their fruit is used as cattle feed, in mushroom gathering, and as wood strips for making baskets.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Serra, PortalegrePortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P.OeirasPortugal

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