CASTAGNA DEL MONTE AMIATA PGI EN

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The Castagna del Monte Amiata becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on 8 September 2000.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be made in the Tuscany region.
The PGI Castagna del Monte Amiata is reserved to the fruits of chestnut, fresh or preserved, produced in the defined area, referring to the botanical species Castanea sativa Mill. and is obtained exclusively from the following varieties: Cecio, Brown and Red Bastard.
CECIO
The tree, large, has slow development, the foliage is thick with spreading branches, the trunk dark brown and twigs are thick and smooth. The buds are small and conical and leaves ovate-lanceolate. The fruit is generally of large size with a globular shape. The pericarp is reddish brown, shiny, with darker streaks. The episperm has fawn and is easily removable. The seed has a pale cream and the taste is sweet.
It is an early cultivar of good value and good shelf life, and is used for fresh consumption and for the food industry.
BROWN
The tree is medium-large, has good vigor and vegetative growth. Its foliage is open with erect branches, and sometimes pendulous. The trunk is rough and greyish brown, smooth twigs are of considerable magnitude. The buds are big red fawn and leaves elliptic-lanceolate.
Depending on the area of ​​origin, the result is generally smaller and larger form variable. The pericarp, or the cabinet, may have a greater or lesser consistency with streaks in relief, more or less pronounced, ranging in color from red fawn to reddish brown.
The episperm, the inner shell, can be colored brown or brown, easily removable, and the seed generally has a creamy white color, taste particularly sweet and delicate.
It has a high commercial value and being a variety of value is used for fresh consumption, but in a special way, for the confectionery industry.
BASTARDA RED
The tree is large and medium development. The foliage is open and spreading branches, the branches are smooth fawn and the trunk is light gray. The buds are small and medium leaves lanceolate-elliptical.
The fruit is large and oval shape with somewhat flat apex. The pericarp is persistent reddish brown streaks very noticeable to the touch. The episperm is pretty tight brown color, with medium difficulty of removal. The seed has a light cream color and sweet flavor. It is a variety of good value particularly widespread for fresh consumption.

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