The Red Onion of Tropea Calabria joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on March 28, 2008.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Calabria.
In Italy there are countless varieties of onion, red onion Tropea Calabria PGI however, while not the most cultivated, is undoubtedly the most renowned for its quality characteristics that distinguish it, sweet and fragrant, and especially for its historical value and culture still alive and present in the kitchen and in folklore.
Several historical sources and bibliographic attribute the introduction of the onion, the Mediterranean basin and Calabria first to the Phoenicians and later the Greeks, spreading in that stretch of coast from Fiumefreddo Bruzio up to Nicotera.
The area of ​​production of this ecotype is well defined and encompasses the coastal medium-high Tyrrhenian Calabria, thereby affecting the provinces of Cosenza, Catanzaro and Vibo Valentia.
The cultivation prefers fresh soils, medium texture and loose enough, overlooking the sea.
The plots adjacent to the coast enjoy a perfect texture, not very compact, these areas are also characterized by relatively mild weather conditions are ideal for this unique ecotype. The climatic conditions (soil, temperature, humidity, hours of light) of the area of ​​the upper-middle of the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, the unique genetic makeup and human ingenuity, are the exclusive responsibility of the sublime physical and chemical composition of this product.


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