The Apple of Valtellina becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on March 2, 2010.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Lombardy.
The Apple of Valtellina PGI has all the characteristics of high quality typical of a mountain apple; particularly high shelf life that lasts long in the months and allows the fruit to preserve intact their peculiarities of crispiness, taste and shelf life.
All three varieties, Gala, Golden Delicious and Red delicoius have strong connotations aromatic and juicy flesh.
Another peculiarity is the very intense color of the fruit and elongated, very attractive; features enhanced solar radiation obtained for the particular east-west exposure of the Valtellina and the temperature difference between day and night in the vicinity of the collection.
The apple variety Red delicoius has a brilliant deep red color, a shape of a truncated cone shape and a white pulp. Higher the perception of smells of honey, jasmine and apricot. The crispness and juiciness are high. Prevalence of sweet flavor with appreciable acidity and aroma of medium intensity.
Gala apple variety has a bright red color, a shape of a truncated cone short, creamy white flesh. Hardness is medium high and juiciness, absent the flouriness. The flavor is sweet, slightly acid with pleasant aroma of medium intensity.
Golden delicious apple variety has a deep yellow color when ripe, sometimes with facet pink in the sun, a spherical shape or a truncated cone shape and the pulp from the creamy white color. Hardness is average as well as the crispness and juiciness, while virtually nothing the flouriness. The fruits are distinguished by the sweetness while maintaining appreciable acidity values ​​that characterize the freshness of the fruit.