A travel among the IGP products of Veneto
Italy is the European country with the greatest number of food and wine excellences (266 products amongst DOP, IGP and STG) characterised by geographical certification recognized by the European Union.
IGP, Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), is a label that the European Union gives to the agricultural products characterized by a high quality or reputation tied with their geographical origin and when their production, transformation and/or elaboration occurs in a specific geographical area.
In the group are enclosed: fruit, vegetables, cereals and fresh meets. The colour of the label is yellow and blue.
IGP products of Veneto
The Ministry of the Agricultural and Forestry Policies recognize the following IGP products in Veneto:
Cimadolmo White Asparagus – alabaster white asparagus, without shades, soft and sweet. It is cultivated in 11 municipalities situated along Piave River in the territories of Treviso.
Asparagus of Badoere – asparagus with a white-pink or bright green colour, its taste is sweet, aromatic and it have to be cultivated in an area between the rivers Sile and Dese.
Marostica Cherry – a heart-shaped fruit, the colour can vary from pink to dark red. It is juicy, rich, sweet and delightful.
Cotechino of Modena – the name Cotechino derives from the “bacon rind”, one of its main ingredients.
The Bean of Lamon in the Valley of Belluno – the production area of this bean is limited to the Lamon and Sovremonte plateau.
Lusia leaf salad – Lusia salad IGP belongs to the Asteracee Lactuca Sativa and there are two different varieties: Capitata or Cappuccia and Crispa or Gentile.
Combai Chestnuts – the production area is composed by 11 municipalities of the northern part of Treviso. Chestnuts of Combai come from the subtype of the Domestica Macrocaroa of Castanea sativa.
Monfenera Chestnuts – produced in 19 municipalities of the province of Treviso, it is the fruit of the Castanea Sativa species.
Mortadella Bologna – it is a cooked cold cut characterised by a thin dough. It is different from the products of other countries that can look like mortadella for their meat smashed in specific grinder.
Verona peach – Verona peach has been cultivated in Verona from the Roman Times. The typical peaches of Verona are characterized by a white or yellow pulp; the nettarine type has yellow pulp and an early, medium and late ripening.
Chioggia chicory – the so-called “chioggiotto” is round shaped, reminding a rose.
Verona chicory – its shape is oval, the leaves are thick, with an intense dark red, decorated by a main white vein. The production area is enclosed in the low part of Veneto.
Treviso Red Chicory – a variety of chicory characterized by an intense dark red, white shades and a crispy consistency and an unbearable taste, slightly bitter.
Castelfranco Variegated Red Chicory – the leaves have a white cream colour with shades from red to light violet. It is produced in 25 municipalities of the province of Treviso, 19 of the province of Padua and 8 of the province of Venice.
Delta Po Rice – it is the result of the rice that belongs to the type «Japonica», in the varieties Carnaroli, Baldi and Arborio.
Vialone Nano – it is an Italian semifino (medium-grain) rice variety, typical of the areas of Veronese lowlands (Bassa Veronese). Its main characteristic is to be cultivated in areas irrigated with wellhead water.
Cremona Cold cuts – it is produced started from selected pig meat, flavoured with salt and grinded garlic, stuffed in natural bowels of pig, bovine, ovine and equine.
Zampone Modena – it is a dough of pig meats, rolled by a shell made with a pig’s leg.