The Melannurca Bell joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on 11 March 2006.
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 production area defined in the Regulations includes 137 municipalities belonging to the five provinces of Campania, with a clear majority of those that fall in the areas of agro Naples, Benevento and Caserta always most suited to the peculiar climatic characteristics.
The Protected Geographical Indication Melannurca Bell refers to a variety of Italian apple best known and most appreciated by consumers in absolute, the Annurca. Called the “queen of apples”, in fact, the Annurca is always known for the outstanding quality of its fruits, the flesh crisp, compact, white, pleasantly tart and juicy, with a distinctive aroma and smell fine.
The fruit is medium-small, flattened and roundish, slightly asymmetrical, with short petioles and weak. The skin, smooth, waxy, moderately rusty in the stem cavity, is yellow-green, with red streaks on 60-70% of the area are fully ripe, the percentage of over-color which reaches 80-90% after the period of reddening on the ground.
The Melannurca Campana PGI claims always healthy virtues: highly nutritious for the high content of vitamins (B1, B2, PP and C) and minerals (potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese), high in fiber, regulates intestinal functions, is diuretic, particularly suitable for children and the elderly.
Two ecotypes provided by the product specification, with two distinct varietal indications on the label: the Annurca Classical and direct descendant the Southern Red Annurca, his mutant natural, diffused in production for over two decades, which has the merit to produce fruit red skin on the vine.
Alongside the juices, are also excellent liqueurs produced by Melannurca Campana PGI, as well as cakes, pies and puffs of all, but also the traditional baked apples.