Local specialities

Rely on labels to recognise local typical flavours and culinary traditions!

A keen eye on package will let you have the possibility to discover the typical local manufacturing and the production techniques connected to tradition and to the very history of the product.

Here the most important brands, according to the European Union:

Here the most important brands, according to the European Union:

  • PDO – Protected Designations of Origin. In order to bear this brand, all of the manufacturing and product transformation stages have to take place within a defined geographic area. This is what happens, for instance, to several types of cheese, as the Italian Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, the British Staffordshire Cheese and the Polish Bryndza Podhalanska. But also to the Slovakian Stupavské Zelé, a typical fermented sliced cabbage!
  • PGI – Protected Geographical Indications. The brand is conferred if at least one manufacturing stage takes place within a defined geographical area. Olio di Puglia, for instance, is a typical oil that is produced only in Puglia region, in Italy; Oravský Korbácik, a traditional cooked paste cow’s milk cheese, is made in Orava region, in Slovak Republic.
  • TSG – Traditional Speciality Guaranteed. It certifies products made through a production method which is strictly connected to the tradition of a defined geographical area, but these products are not necessarily produced in that area. Examples of this are given by the Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling, a typical English apple dessert, and by the Kielbasa Jalowcowa, a Polish pork sausage with spicy notes of juniper.

Look for products from your Country with one or more of these designations on the shelves of the supermarket. Good luck with your treasure hunt!