Amêndoa Douro (Douro almonds)
DOP Amêndoa Douro are almonds produced in two small areas in northeastern Portugal, situated just east of the city of Vila Real. Production is restricted to the subdistricts of Alfândega da Fé, Moncorvo Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Vila Flor, Vila Nova Foz Côa, São João da Pesqueira, (with the exception of the parishes of Riodades and Paredes da Beira), to the parishes of Castelo Branco and Meirinhos in the subdistrict of Mogadouro, to the parish of Escalhão in the subdistrict of Figueira Castelo Rodrigo, and to the parishes of Poço do Canto, Fonte Longa, Meda and Longroiva in the subdistrict of Meda. This area has a temperate climate, characterized by warm summers and cold winters. Almonds are native to hot and arid regions, but the varieties grown in this area are well adapted to these conditions. The processing and packaging of the almonds must place within the specified geographical area at the time of early flowering.
DOP Amêndoa Douro refers to nuts from a number of cultivars, some of which are Parada, Casa Nava, Pesianeia and Duro Italiano. These almonds have a fat content of 56-68% and a protein content ranging between 12.3 and 27.6%. They are sold both with and without shells.
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