Sardinian siblings credit minestrone soup for world record age
The Melis siblings, from front left: Maria (97), Vitalia (80), Concetta (91), Mafalda (78), Claudina (99), Consolata (105), Adolfo (89), Antonino (93), Vitalio (86). Photograph: Ansa/EPA
Doctors, dietitians and divines have long sought to identify the secret of a long life. The answer minestrone soup, according to nine siblings from Sardinia who were on Tuesday recognised as the world's oldest in terms of combined age.