The Tuscan Bread becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on March 4, 2016.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Tuscany.
The production area and the Tuscan Bread PDO packaging includes the entire administrative region of Tuscany.
The Protected Designation of Origin Tuscan Bread is their bread obtained by the traditional method in use in Tuscany which provides for the exclusive use of the yeast (or sourdough), water and wheat flour type “0 “, containing wheat germ, produced by variety of wheat grown in the production area.
The Tuscan Bread PDO when released for consumption must have the following characteristics:
– Shape and weight: weight size between 0.45 and 0.55 kg, diamond shaped, locally called “loaf”; weight size between 0.90 and 1.10 or between 1.80 Kg and 2.20 Kg, of rectangular shape with bevelled corners, locally called “strand.”
– Thickness of the form: between 5 and 12 cm;
– Crust: crumbly and crunchy, with matt dark brown coloring;
– Bread crump: white, ivory-white;
– Flavour: toasted hazelnuts;
– Taste: “silly”, without salt and slightly acidic.