The list of Sicilian products PGI and PDO
The list of Sicilian products PGI and PDO includes 13 PGI and 17 PDO for 220 certified denomination of origin
Among the PGI famous are the Sicilian Red Orange and the Ribeira Orange, the Pantelleria capers, the tomato Pachino and Sea Salt of Trapani. Between the PDO the Pistachio of Bronte; the Ragusano cheese and varieties of oil.
Sicily is a land of sun and sea, with unique flavors, many of which have been recognized at the international level and have led to the list of Sicilian products PGI and PDO.
Each of the products in the list of Sicilian PDO and PGI deserves a mention: for the geographical specificity of the production area and to the universe that surrounds it, often made of old recipes and traditions, aromas, scents and flavors. The list of typical and traditional local products of Sicily is long and interesting. Now we list only some of them
First in the list of IGP, also in alphabetical order, we find red oranges: Arancia of Ribeira, from the countryside near Agrigento and Palermo and the Arancia Rossa di Sicilia I.G.P , which grows in the countryside near the beautiful towns of Catania, Enna and Siracusa. This oranges becomes thier red color from the important presence of antocianes
In the list of Sicilian PDO and PGI products follow, in alphabetical order according their italian name :
Cappero (caper) of Pantelleria PGI, registered in the category of fruit and vegetables and cereals (EC Reg. No. 1107 of 12/06/96 EU Reg. No. 880 of 06/10/10 GUCE L 148, 06/21/96 GUUE L 264, 07/10/10) is inseparably linked to the province of Trapani. In fact these famous and fragrant capers grow and are processed in the homonymous island of Pantelleria, located off the province of Trapani.
Carota (carrot) Novella di Ispica PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EU Reg. No. 1214 of 12/17/10 GUUE L 335, 18/12/10 Sicily Ragusa, Siracusa, Catania, Caltanissetta) – Originally cultivated in Ispica area, this Carota is defined “Novella of Ispica” as it matures already by the end of February and harvested until early June. Rich in carotene, particularly bright and crisp color, it is suitable for salads, steam cooking but also for the preparation of sweets.
The Limone (lemon) di Siracusa PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EU Reg. No. 96 of 2.3.11 EU Reg. No. 1744 of 28/09/15
GUUE L 30 04:02:11 GUUE L 256, 10.1.15 Sicily – Syracuse). The Protected Geographical Indication “Limone di Siracusa” is reserved to the “cultivar Femminello” and its clones – the botanical species Citrus limon (L) Burm – grown in specialized plants in the Province of Syracuse. Specifically, there are depending on the harvest dates: Primofiore – fruits harvested from 1 October to 14 April – Bianchetto or Maiolino (or spring lemon) collected from 15 April to 30 June – Verdello (or summer lemon) from ‘1 July to 30 September.
The Limone Interdonato Messina PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EC Reg. No. 1081 dell’11.11.09 GUCE L 295, 11.12.09 Sicilia – Messina). Cultivar of the Ionian coast of Messina, selected by Garibaldi’s colonel Giovanni Interdonato. It is harvested from early September until April.
The Pescabivona PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EU Reg. No. 962 of 29/08/14 GUUE L 271, 12.9.14 Sicily Agrigento, Palermo). It is a white peach, sweet and consistent, of which there are 4 varieties: Murtiddara or Primizia Bianca (from June 15 to July 15) Bianca (white) (from 16 July to 15 August) Agostina (from August 16 to September 15) Settembrina (from September 16 to October 20). The geographical area of cultivation is protected by the mountains Sicani and it is included in the catchment area of the river Magazzolo.
The Pesca (peach) di Leonforte PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EU Reg. No. 622 of 15/07/10 EU Reg. No. 425 of 05/07/13
GUUE L 182, 16.7.10 GUUE L 127, 09/05/13 Sicily -Enna). This IGP – product of the cultivation of local peach ecotypes: Bianco and Giallone of Leonforte, present in 5 municipalities of the province of Enna – is characterized by late maturation of the fruits attached to the packaging method, originally created to protect them from parastitic. It is celebrated by an homonym festival.
The Bronte Pistachio Green PDO (Fruit, vegetables and cereals – EU Reg. No. 21 of 01.12.10 GUUE L 8, 01.13.10 Sicily-Catania) grows only on the slopes of Etna. It can be eaten either in solitary or being included in the ice cream and cake recipes.
The Tomato of Pachino PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EC Reg. No. 617 of 04/04/03 EU Reg. No. 675 of 07/15/13
GUCE L 89, 05:04:03 GUUE L 194, 17.7.13 Sicily – Ragusa, Siracusa) maybe one of the most known between Sicilian products PGI and PDO.
Other famous typical sicilian products which have becomed PGI are:
The Sea Salt of Trapani PGI (Salt EU Reg. No. 1175 of 07/12/12 GUUE L 337, 11/12/12 Sicily – Trapani). The salt comes from the salt mines on the border of the city of Trapani and it has got both the IGP and the Slowfood recognitions.
The Grapes of Canicattì PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EC Reg. No. 2325 of 24/11/97 GUCE L 322, 25/11/97 Sicily – Agrigento, Caltanissetta)
The Mazzarrone table grapes PGI (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EC Reg. No. 617 of 04/04/03 GUCE L 89, 05.04.03 Sicily- Catania, Ragusa).
The Etna Prickly Pear PDO (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EC Reg. No. 1491 of 25/08/03 GUCE L 214, 26.8.03 Sicily – Catania).
Among the Sicilian PDO and PGI products figure a product registered in the category “bakery and pastry”; it is the Pagnotta (bread) del Dittaino PDO (EC Reg. No. 516 of 17/06/09 EU Reg. No. 613 of 06/03/14 GUCE L 155, 18.6.09 GUUE L 168, 07/06/14 Sicily- Enna, Catania).
Sicily has a great variety of soil and climate environments and a wide variety of genotypes that are the basis of the list of Sicilian products PGI and PDO.
Olive cultivation covers nearly the entire island, giving rise to a many varietis of oil, but some areas are distinguished by the importance of the crop and to the unique characteristics of the oil, valued by protected designations of origin (PDO).
Between the PDO we find:
Mount Etna PDO (Oils and fats EC Reg. No. 1491 of 08/25/03 GUCE L 214, 26.8.03 Sicily – Catania, Enna, Messina).
Monti Iblei PDO (Oils and fats EC Reg. No. 2325 of 24/11/97 EC Reg. No. 828 of 05/14/03 EU Reg. No. 307 of 14/04/10 GUCE L 322 of 11/25/97 GUCE L 120, 15.5.03 GUUE L 94 15:04:10 Sicily- Siracusa, Ragusa, Catania).
Nocellara of Belice PDO (Fruit, vegetables and cereals EC Reg. No. 134 of 01/20/98 OJ L 15, 21.1.98 Sicily – Trapani.) PDO reserved for extra virgin olive oil obtained from the pressing of the olives produced in the olive groves of the municipalities of Castelvetrano, Campobello di Mazara Partanna, Poggioreale, Salaparuta and Santa Ninfa, in the province of Trapani. The area is characterized by Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers and is crossed by the Belice river. The cultivar that produces – for at least 70% – oil PDO extra virgin olive oil ‘Valle del Belice’ and ‘the’ Nocellara del Belice ‘. The other cultivars (individually or in aggregate not more than 30%) are grown in the production area and, in particular: the Giarraffa, Biancolilla, Cerasuola, Buscionetto, the Santagatese, Ogliarola Messina and other minor cultivars.
Between the PDO of the south of the island there are other valuable varieties of olive oil:
Val di Mazara PDO (Oils and fats – EC Reg. No. 138 of 24/01/01 GUCE L 23, 25.01.01 Sicily – Palermo and Agrigento). PDO, from the provinces of Palermo and Agrigento, obtained from the following varieties of olives present, alone or in combination in the olive groves, at least 90%: Biancolilla, Nocellara, Cerasuola. May compete in no more than 10% other varieties in the area as “Ogliarola Messina”, “Giaraffa” and “Santagatese” or possibly small percentages of other typical local cultivars.
Valdemone PDO (Oils and fats- EC Reg. No. 205 of 02/04/05 GUCE L 33 05.02.05 Sicily- Messina). This PDO – which includes all areas of the Messina province except the municipalities of Floresta, Moio Alcantara and Malvagna – is obtained from the pressing of olive varieties: Santagatese, Ogliarola Messinese and Petite in the minimum of 70% and the remaining 30 % from the varieties: Mandanici, Nocellara Messina, Ottobratica, Verdello and Brandofino.
Valle del Belice PDO (Oils and fats – EC Reg. No. 1486 of 08/20/04 GUCE L 273, 21.8.04 Sicily – Trapani) It is an extra virgin olive oil produced with at least 70% from “Nocellara del Belice” olives.
Valli Trapanesi PDO (Oils and fats – EC Reg. No. 2325 of 24/11/97 GUCE L 322, 25.11.97 Sicilia Trapani) Oil obtained from the varieties of Cerasuola and Nocellara of Beilice not less than 80%.
Among the Sicilian PDO also we find also four famous and traditional cheese:
Pecorino Siciliano PDO (Cheese -REG. EC no. 1107 of 12/06/96 GUCE L 148, 21.6.96 -Agrigento Sicily, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa, Trapani).
Piacentinu Ennese PDO (Cheese – EU Reg. No. 132 of 14/02/11 GUUE L 41 of 02/15/11) Enna.
Ragusano PDO (Cheese – EC Reg. No. 1263 of 01/07/96 OJ L 163 of 07/02/96 Sicily – Ragusa, Siracusa) It is a tasty hard cheese, made exclusively from cow’s milk. Ragusano is one of the oldest and tastiest Sicilian cheese, sometimes also called sicilian caciocavallo. Not to b confused with the Sila caciocavallo which is a similiar product from the Sila Mountains of Basilicata, Molise, Puglia, Calabria e Campania
Concluding the list of Sicilian products PGI and PDO, in alphabetical we find the Vastedda cheese of the Belice Valley PDO (Cheese – EU Reg. No. 971 of 28.10.10 GUUE L 283, 29.10.10 Sicily Agrigento, Trapani, Palermo) – It is a stretched curd cheese with natural acidity from fermentation. Made with whole milk, raw, Valle del Belice sheep breed from farms located in the production area.