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tradicional products of beira litoral

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The purpose of this catalog is to meet the expectations of both the economic agents, in general, and the consumers, in particular, in what concerns the search for more qualified information with in the area of tradicional products which are recognised as "Designations of Origin", "Geographical lndications" and "Guaranteed Traditional Specialities".

The fact that agricultural and food products are protected and thus commercially depreciated, both because of their origin and the way they are produced, distinguishes these products from those which are similar and available on the market, and is a permanent challenge to finding new and innovative ways of making them known to the general public.

We are hereby aiming at supporting one of the main activities of MADRP. We hope that the objectiva and specialised information in this brochure will definetely contribute towards a better promotion of our most endogenous resources and thus of the respective qualified producers.

Cheese

 

Serra da Estrela Cheese

Map of Serra da Estrela cheese production

Protected Designation of Origin

This designation refers to a cooked cheese, of semi-soft, creamy, homogeneous (with few or no eyes), white or slightly yellowish paste. lt is the result of the slow draining of the curd foilowing the coagulation of pure, ewe raw milk, after the introduction of a thistle infusion Cynara Cardunculus. This cheese is still traditionally manufactured and shows some features which are likely to be a result of the "Bordaleira" race and of the tradicional handing of ewes.

Cheese Sheep

The use of the expression Protected Designation of Origin requires that the cheese be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the conditions in which the milk is produced, the sanitary conditions of milking, preservation of milk and manufacture of the cheese.

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of current legislation and must mention Protected Designation of Origin. The Serra da Estrela Cheese must show the certification stamp set by the respectiva certification authority - FAPROSSERRA.

Commerciaily speaking, it can weigh between 1 and 1.7 Kg.

The geographical area of production includes the areas specified in the Appendix 1 of the Act 42/95, dated from july 5th, which creates the Defined Area of Production Serra da Estrela Cheese.

Group of Producers:

ESTRELACOOP – Cooperativa dos Produtores de Queijo da Serra da Estrela
Quinta da Serrada
6360 Celorico da Beira

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

FAPROSSERRA - Federação das Associações de Produtores de Queijo Serra da Estrela
Rua da Nogueirinha, n.º 29 - A
6360 Celorico da Beira

 

Rabaçal Cheese

Map of Rabaçal cheese production

Protected Designation of Origin

This designation refers to a cooked cheese, of semi-hard, white paste, with few (smail and irregular) or no eyes. lt is the result of the slow draining of the curd following the coagulation of goat's and ewe's milk, after the introduction of rennet.

The use of the expression Protected Designation of Origin requires that the cheese be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the conditions in which the goat's and ewes milks are produced, the sanitary conditions of milking, preservation of milk and manufacture of the cheese.

Rabaçal cheese Goats

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of current legislation and must mention Protected Designation of Origin. The Rabaçal Cheese must show the certification stamp set by the respectiva certification authority.

Commerciaily speaking, it can be presented as a smail loaf and weigh between 300 and 500g.

The geographical area of production includes some areas in the councils of Penela, Alvaiázere, Ansião, Condeixa-a-Nova, Soure and Pombal.

 

Group of Producers:

COPRORABAÇAL - Cooperativa dos Produtores de Queijo do Rabaçal, CRL
Rua do Sol
3230 Penela

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

SiCÓ – QUALIDADE Centro de Controlo e Certificação de Produtos Agro--Alimentares da Área da ADSICÓ
Rua do Castelo - Apartado 7
3230 Penela

Honey

 

Serra da Lousã Honey

Map of Serra da Lousã honey production

Protected Designation of Origin

This designation refers to the honey produced by the bees of the species Apis Mellífera Ibérica from the nectaria of the spontaneous flora of the region (Lousã) and surrounding areas.

lt is an amber or dark amber (almost black) honey with a high viscosity, strong in flavour and with a certain astringency due to the nectar of heather. lt shows some particular features, directly related to the environment, namely the flora, where Ericacear plants are predominant and chestnuts can be found, in variable quantities.

 

Serra da Lousã honey in botles Serra da Lousã honey in bread

The Protected Designation of Origin is consecrated by usage, because, for instance, of the historical references present in the local toponomy - Colmeal, Cortiços, Vale de Cortiços, Vale de Abelhas, Vale de Colmeias (i.e. Apiary, Hives, Valley of Hives, Valley of Apiary, Valley of Beehives).

The use of the expression Protected Designation of Origin requires that the honey be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the conditions of production, extraction, packaging and preservation of the honey. ln order to use the Protected Designation of Origin the honey must also be stored in the original packaging.

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of current legislation and must mention Protected Designation of Origin. The Serra da Lousã Honey must have the certification stamp, set by the qualified authority.

The geographical area of production is limited to the councils of Lousã, Miranda do Corvo, Vila Nova de Poiares, Penela, Castanheira de Pêra, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Pedrógão Grande, Góis, Pampilhosa da Serra and Arganil.

Group of Producers:

LOUSAMEL - Cooperativa Agrícola dos Agricultores da Lousã e Concelhos Limítrofes
Zona Industrial dos Matinhos
3200 Lousã

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

SiCÓ – QUALIDADE, Centro de Controlo e Certificação de Produtos Agro-Alimentares da Área da ADSICÓ
Rua do Castelo - Apartado 7
3230 Penela

Apples

 

Apples Bravo de Emolfe

Map of Bravo de Esmolfe apple production

Protected Designation of Origin

This is a small fruit (from the species Bravo de Esmolfe - Malus Domestica Bockh), with stains or stripes and scurf on the peduncle. lt has got a white, soft and juicy pulp. lt keeps for a long period of time and is particularly spicy.

The use of the expression Protected Designation of Origin implies that the apples be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the conditions in which the apples are produced, picked and packed.

 

Bravo de Esmolfe apples Apples in the tree

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of current legislation and must mention Protected Designation of Origin. The Apples Bravo de Esmolfe must have the certification stamp, set by the qualified authority.

Commercially speaking, the apples must be presented in boxes with only two levels of fruit, placed in cells.

The geographical area of production includes the councils of Manteigas, Seia, Gouveia, Celorico da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Guarda, Pinhel, Covilhã, Belmonte, Fundão, Arganil, Tábua, Oliveira do Hospital, Tondela, Santa Comba Dão, Carregal do Sal, Nelas, Mangualde, Penalva do Castelo, Satão, Aguiar da Beira, Viseu, S. Pedro do Sul, Vila Nova de Paiva, Castro Daire, Trancoso, Sernancelhe, Penedono, Moimenta da Beira, Tarouca, Lamego and Armamar.

Group of Producers:

FELBA - Promoção das Frutas e Legumes da Beira Alta, ACE
Quinta do Fontelo
3500 Viseu

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

Centro de Valorização das Frutas e Legumes da Beira Alta
Estação Fruteira de Alcafache - Gare
3530 Mangualde

Apples From Beira Alta

Map of Beira Alta apple production

Protected Geographical lndication

This designation refers to all the apples belonging to the varieties of Golden, Gala, Red Delicious, Starking, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Jonared and Reineta. They show all the characteristics of their species, stressed by the weather conditions of the region, which are quite favourable for the production of apples. These apples differ from those produced in other regions because of their flavour, a high level of sugar, the consistency of the pulp and the colour of their skin, which are consequences of the weather conditions.

 

Beira Alta apples Apples in the tree

The use of the expression Protected Geographical lndication implies that the apples be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the conditions in which the apples are produced, picked and packed.

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of the current legislation and must mention Protected Geographical lndication. The Apples from Beira Alta must have the certification stamp, set by the qualified authority.

Commercially speaking, the apples must be presented carefully packed in the appropriate materiais and pre-packed.

The geographical area of production includes the districts of Viseu and Guarda and the councils of Oliveira do Hospital, Tábua and Arganil, which belong to the district of Coimbra.

Group of Producers:

FELBA - Promoção das Frutas e Legumes da Beira Alta, ACE
Quinta Fontelo
3500 Viseu

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

Centro de Valorização das Frutas e Legumes da Beira Alta
Estação Fruteira de Alcafache - Gare
3530 Mangualde

 

Meat

 

Serra da Estrela Lamb

Serra da Estrela lamb meat

Protected Designation of Origin

The designation Serra da Estrela Lamb refers to carcasses or packed and refrigerated cuts of lamb up to 7 kg, which are obtained from "Bordaleira" Race, typical of Serra da Estrela, a mountain region in Portugal. They are still handled in the tradicional fashion, which conveys certain organoleptic characteristics to the meat.

Lamb meat in the pan Lambs

The use of the expression Protected Designation of Origin requires that the meat be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the identification of the animals, the sanitary conditions and veterinary assistance, methods of production, food, forbidden substances and conditions of killing and preservation of carcasses.

Commerciaily speaking, the Serra da Estrela Lamb is presented as carcasses or in cuts packed in bags or plastic containers.

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of current legislation and must mention Protected Designation of Origin. The Serra da Estrela Lamb must have the certification stamp, set by the qualified authority.

The geographical area of production includes the councils of Carregal do Sal, Celorico da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Gouveia, Mangualde, Manteigas, Nelas, Oliveira do Hospital, Penalva do Castelo, Seia and some areas in the councils of Aguiar da Beira, Arganil, Covilhã, Guarda, Tábua, Tondela, Trancoso and Viseu.

Group of Producers:

ESTRELACOOP – Cooperativa de Produtores de Queijo da Serra da Estrela, CRL
Quinta da Serrada
6360 Celorico da Beira

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

ANCOSE – Associação Nacional de Criadores de Ovinos da Serra da Estrela
Quinta da Tapada
3400 Oliveira do Hospital

 

Marinhoa Meat

Map of Marinhoa meat production

Protected Designation of Origin

The designation Marinhoa Meat refers to carcasses of steer, heifer or calves, or cuts of the mentioned animals, which are obtained from animals of "Marinhoa" Race. These animals are registered and are calves of animais which are themseives part of the genealogical book of the "Marinhoa" Race. These animais are still handled in the tradicional way, which conveys organoleptic characteristics to the meat: it possesses a firm consistency and is slightly moisty and juicy.

Meat slices Marinhoa cow

The use of the expression Protected Designation of Origin requires that the meat be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the identification of the animals, sanitary conditions and veterinary assistance, production systems, food, forbidden substances and conditions of killing and preservation of carcasses.

The geographical area of production includes the councils of Murtosa, Estarreja, Aveiro, Albergaria-a-Velha, Vagos, Ílhavo, Oliveira do Bairro, Águeda, Anadia, Mealhada, Sever do Vouga, Ovar, Mira, Cantanhede and Oliveira de Azeméis.

Group of Producers:

LACTICOOP - União das Cooperativas de Produtores de Leite do Entre Douro e Mondego
Avenida da Oita, 7
3800 Aveiro

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

ACRM - Associação de Criadores de Raça Marinhoa
Quinta da Medela - Verdemilho
3800 Aveiro

 

Calf From Lafões

Map of Lafões calf production

Protected Geographical lndication

The designation Calf from Lafões refers to carcasses of calves, which hav not yet been weaned, belonging to two local races - Mirandesa and Arouquesa or to crossbreedings, bred in the mountains of the centre of Portugal. The climat conditions and the local flora convey particular organoleptic characteristics to th meat.

Calf in the dish Cows

The use of the expression Protected Geographical lndication implies th the meat be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which includ namely, the identification of the animals, sanitary conditions and veterinary assistance, production systems, food, forbidden substances and conditions killing and preservation of carcasses.

Commercially speaking, the Calf from Lafões is presented as carcasses or in cuts packed in bags or plastic containers, which are labelled and identified wit the stamp from the qualified certification authority. The Calf from Lafões must show the certification stamp set by the qualified certification authority.

The geographical area of production includes the councils of Oliveira de Frades, Vouzela, S. Pedro do Sul, Sever do Vouga, Viseu and Castro Daire.

Group of Producers:

CAV - Cooperativa Agrícola de Vouzela CLR
Rua Ribeiro Cardoso, 29
3670 Vouzela

Private Organisation for Controi and Certification:

ADRL – Associação Desenvolvimento Rural de Lafões
Rua Ribeiro Cardoso, 29
3670 Vouzela

 

Kid From Gralheira

Map of Gralheira's Kid production

Protected Geographical Indication

The designation Kid from Gralheira refers to carcasses or packed and refrigerated cuts of kid up to 6 kg, which are obtained from mountain breed. They are stili handled in the tradicional fashion and they feed on natural meadows, composed of heather, broom, gorse and furze, which convey certain characteristics to the meat.

In the oven A Kid

The use of the expression Geographical lndication requires that the meat be produced according to the appropriate regulations, which include, namely, the identification of the animals, the sanitary conditions and veterinary assistance, methods of production, food, forbidden substances and conditions of killing and preservation of carcasses.

Commercially speaking, the Kid from Gralheira is presented as carcasses, without the tail and with the upper jaw cut, limbs without any tarsus, and lungs and liver detachable for inspection. Solid viscera can join the carcass, but should be packed separately.

Labelling must fulfil the requirements of current legislation and must mention Geographical lndication. The Kid from Gralheira must have the certification stamp, set by the qualified authority.

The geographical area of production includes some areas in the councils of Arouca, Vale de Cambra, S. Pedro do Sul, Oliveira de Frades, Vila Nova de Paiva and Castro Daire.

Group of Producers:

CASSEPEDRO – Cooperativa Agro-Pecuária de S. Pedro do Sul
Rua Serpa Pinto
3660 S. Pedro do Sul

Private Organisation for Control and Certification:

ADRL – Associação Desenvolvimento Rural de Lafões
Rua Ribeiro Cardoso, 29
3670 Vouzela

Created on: 2002-02-25 / Updated on: