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San Marzano DOP

The Tomato from Europe's heart.

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Let me introduce myself, I’m the San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese - Nocerino DOP tomato

I have a bright red color, a firm and elastic pulp and a fresh, intense taste and aroma. I have been called red gold, or the king of tomatoes, but most know me simply as San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino DOP.

In 1770, I crossed the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Europe as a gift from the Viceroy of Peru to the Bourbon King of Naples, Ferdinand I. And for over 300 years I have been living in this marvellous fertile and sun-filled land: the area of Agro Sarnese-Nocerino, in the province of Salerno. In ancient times, this area was called “Campania Felix” by the Romans and never was a name more appropriate. The Mediterranean climate and volcanic soil, rich in potassium and phosphorus, make this territory the ideal place for me to put don my roots and thrive, as I chose to do. It is a vast area that also includes the small town of San Marzano, where I took my name from.

Those of you who have had the good fortune to taste me will immediately understand why I am famous all the world over. My taste and aroma are unique and my organoleptic properties remain unchanged – and even exalted – when I am canned. And I am really special when you use me to make any recipe: you will see how your dishes really burst with flavor!

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The Quality

In the early 1990s, the European Union decided to adopt a series of regulations to protect the quality of the typical and organic products from its member states’ territories, promoting the unique characteristics linked to their geographical origin as well as traditional know-how.

The European Union grants the geographical identification (GI) of the product name to products that have a specific link to the place where they are made. This GI recognition enables consumers to trust and distinguish quality products and guarantees that the production of the products follows the geographical and production specifications for each product.

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