The Culatello becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released July 2, 1996.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Emilia Romagna.
The Culatello PDO has assets and wealth, of that particular land bordering the river Po and foggy, which is irreplaceable climatic factor in the development and maturation of the King of Meats, whose art, passed down through generations, contains itself the history of a land, the traditions of its people and the characteristics of its climate. For many centuries, in fact, the name and prestige of Culatello PDO remained confined to areas of origin; heritage of the people of the Lower Valley.
The Culatello PDO is commonly identified as a sausage stuffed into a natural casing, which is usually the pig bladder.
Thanks also to the prestigious European Protected Designation of Origin, today’s consumer has come to know and appreciate the delicacy of Culatello PDO, a delicatessen product consists of the anatomical part of the beam rear crural muscles and inner thigh of the pig , suitably cleansed surface and trimmed to obtain the classical shape of a “pear”. In salting mix are: salt, pepper whole and / or pieces and garlic, can also be used dry white wine, sodium nitrate and / or potassium.
The Culatello PDO born in areas with cold winters, long and foggy, and hot summers and sunny areas around the banks of the Po in the countries of Busseto, Polesine, Zibello, Soragna, Roccabianca, San Secondo, Sissa and Colorno. The right alternation of wet and dry periods allows the slow maturation of the meats, during which they develop the unmistakable aromas and flavors that have made him famous in the world.