The Paestum artichokes joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released March 13, 2004.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Campania.
The Artichoke of Paestum PGI, also known as “Tondo di Paestum”, named after the local ecotype hence, can be attributed to genetic group of artichokes type “Romanesco”.
The appearance of its rounded flower heads, their high compactness, the absence of spines in the bracts are the main qualitative and peculiar Artichoke of Paestum PGI, who have consecrated also his reputation among consumers.
Even the character of early ripening can be considered a positive element conferred by the environment of cultivation, the Piana del Sele, which allows the Artichoke of Paestum PGI to be present on the market before any other type of Romanesco artichoke.
Other typical features of the product are: an average size of the heads (no more than 4 per stem per kg of product), stalk less than 10 cm, green color with shades of violet-pinkish, fleshy receptacle and particularly tasty.
The commercial features of the Artichoke of Paestum PGI described above are also the result of careful and laborious cultivation technique that operators of agricultural Piana del Sele have honed over decades. The cool and rainy during the long production period (February-May), which characterizes this area, also gives the typical and appreciated tenderness and delicacy to the product.
The valuable characteristics of Paestum artichokes PGI enable that product to be very appreciated in the kitchen, where it is used in the preparation of various recipes and local dishes like pizza with artichokes, cream and the pie with artichokes, especially welcome to the many tourists who visit the Piana del Sele and in particular the temples of Paestum.


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