The Lamb of Central Italy joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released May 24, 2013.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the following Italian regions: Abruzzo, Marche, Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia Romagna.
It lamb born and raised in the territory of central Italy (Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria), obtained from a population of sheep historically present in this area, for attitude undifferentiated, generically called “Apennine “and from which we have obtained the current local breeds that give rise to a lamb meat quality.
The Lamb of Central Italy feeds exclusively on breast milk and fresh or dried fodder, with small additions of grain, when necessary.
Are commercially available two types of housing: “lamb light” (weighing between 8 and 13 kg) and “heavy lamb” (weighing over 13 kg).
Generally, the color of the meat is light pink or pink and presents a balanced fatty covering. The color is very important for the fact that the consumer takes account of this parameter for assessing “eye” the tenderness and freshness of the product. The color depends on the type of muscle, age, from food taken from the animal.
The Mutton Lamb of central Italy is a niche product represented by a lamb the maximum age of one year, from where you get a carcass weight greater than or equal to 20 kg (up to 30 – 35 kg), whose meat, after a maturation of at least 5 days, is particularly delicious and presents a covering of fat variable. Lamb Meat from central Italy are much appreciated by consumers, both through the circuit of traditional butchers, either through food, especially that became part of the circuit of farmhouses. Moreover, the quality of the meat they differ from other meat from the same type, thanks to genetic heritage, the hardiness and productive attitude of the animals and the feeding of the flock of foods derived from wild plants or cultured peculiar habitat area .