The Figs of Cosenza become part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released June 22, 2011.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Calabria.
The figs are high in sugar easily assimilated and therefore represent a source of energy readily usable by the body.
The fig tree arrived in Calabria in uncertain times, probably at the time of greek and Roman civilization through the work of the travelers who employed it as a bargaining barter. Since then, its cultivation has settled quickly, particularly in the province of Cosenza, thanks to a perfect soil and climate.
The transformation of dried figs in different local recipes is characterized by a high intake of dexterity that is present in all stages of the manufacturing process, from harvesting to packaging, and which is revealed also determines the quality of the final product.
Braids, necklaces, crosses, the balloons are types of production which represent the same forms of expression of the creative imagination of the local population. They are also loaded with symbolism that embraces social and religious meanings.
The province of Cosenza produces over 800 tons of dried figs year, now represents the largest share of the product nationwide. It is a production worked mainly from local processing companies, specializing in the production of typical packaging.


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