The 17 Pearls of Ferrara territory
Named after their importance in the economy and local tradition, the "17 Pearls of Ferrara" are the result of the enhancement and protection of typical local food undertaken by the Province of Ferrara and the Chamber of Commerce of Ferrara.
Evidences of the strong bond between the territory and typical products are found in many ancient texts, in which there explicit refers to products that are still part of the culinary tradition of Ferrara.
In order to safeguard this heritage, local producers have started in committees the procedures for the recognition of Community Trade Marks PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication), specially designed by the European Union to protect " Special " productions from counterfeiting, disciplined in EEC Reg. 510/06.
To this date, the products that can boast the EU recognition are Ferrara’s bread (Coppia) (PGI), bread internationally renowned, the Pear of Emilia-Romagna (IGP), Peaches and Nectarines of Romagna (IGP), the Asparagus from Altedo (IGP) and Bosco Eliceo wines (DOC).
These products are studied by the competent bodies await EU recognition are: the Clam Goro, the Ferrarese Watermelon, the Melon from Emilia, the Carrot from Ferrarese Delta, the Salama da sugo, the Ferrarese “Zia” (Aunt) (garlic salami), the Rice of the Po Delta, the Garlic of Voghiera, the Ferrarese Cappellacci with pumpkin, the Pampapato-Pampepato from Ferrara.