the importance of being PDO
Preserve and pass on the tradition.
In Tuscany there is a form, a language, a feeling: it is a land where nature has colors and joys to express. People in Tuscany have a passion for history and tradition that leads back to every action, in small as well as in big things: the process of creation always takes on the value of “ceremony”.
Making Prosciutto in Tuscany has distant origins: farmers and farms and still maintains those characteristics of authenticity and taste that elevate it to gastronomic excellence.
The art of preserving pork in Tuscany had its consolidation around the year one thousand; laws regarding the slaughtering and preservation of pork meat can be traced back to the time of Charlemagne.
But it is in the fifteenth century, in full Medici splendor, that the production of Tuscan Ham was regulated with provisions concerning the entire production process.
Strengthened by this tradition and the close link with the territory, on the threshold of the 21st century, in 1996 Tuscan Ham obtained the Community recognition of the PDO “Protected Designation of Origin” thanks to the commitment and respect for the Tuscan food tradition of all the Consortium members, who have decided to proudly adhere to the precise rules established by the production Disciplinary.
Since then, only if all the strict production requirements are respected, the hams can obtain the fire brand representing the Tuscany region and the four stars, which distinguishes the Tuscan Ham DOP and guarantees its quality.
Production control is carried out by a Control Body authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry which verifies compliance by all producers with the rules set out in the production specification.
PDO Tuscan Ham
As unique and genuine as its people.