FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2009
PGI application for AMARENE BRUSCHE DI MODENA
An application has been made to obtain Protected Geographical Indication status for AMARENE BRUSCHE DI MODENA, a sour cherry jam from Italy. According to the application:
"The application for registration of ‘Amarene Brusche di Modena’ jam as a PGI is justified by the product's fame and reputation. The jam's reputation is documented by abundant bibliographical references attesting to the special know-how, passed down over time among the locals, in dealing with the need to process quickly a fruit that does not keep well and creating a product renowned and appreciated mainly for the natural way in which it is produced.
To illustrate the product's reputation, one cannot ignore the existence of a production base ... that even at the start of the last century was home to many cherry orchards and centres for the collection and cold storage of cherries, as well as a number of small-scale businesses and small and medium-sized jam producers. Farmers interested in producing jam have access to a pool of over 350 skilled workers, which brings considerable added value to the product.
The first trials involving the intensive cultivation of cherry trees were conducted in 1882 by Luigi Mancini, a lawyer and owner of the ‘La Colombarina’ estate near Vignola, but actually the great botanist Giorgio Gallesio records as early as 1820 the practice of surrounding country cottages with cherry trees so that the fruit could be used for making syrups, preserves, jams, puddings and cakes, in line with the solid family tradition of preparing cherries in the rural province of Modena".
Posted by: Jeremy Phillips @ 05.56
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