Citrinos do Algarve (Algarve citrus fruit)
IGP Citrinos do Algarve are fruits originating from the species Citrus sinensis (oranges), Citrus reticulata. Citrus Unshiu, C. deliciosa, C. mobilis (small citrus fruits), Citrus paradisi (grapefruit), Citrus limon (lemons), Citrus limetta, Citrus 1imettioides (limes).
Geographical area: Restricted to the Portuguese subdistricts of Albufeira, Castro Marim, Farim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Monchqiue, Olhão, Portimão, S. Brás de Alportel, Silves, Vila Real de Santo António, Loulé (except for the parish of Ameixial) and Tavira (except for the parish of Cachopo).
Evidence: Established through use, particularly due to the prestige and fame which the citrus fruits of the region have gained on the national market.
Method of production: The citrus fruits of the Algarve are produced principally from the following varieties: Dalmau (Navelina), Newhall and Valencia Late (oranges), Okitsu, Fortuna, Encore, Ortanique, Clementina Ffilleg., Clementina Nules, Arrufantina, Hermandina, Fremont, Setubalefilleg., Tangera, Tangerina Nova (Clemenvilla) (small citrus fruits), Mfilleg. Seedless, Star Ruby (grapefruit), Eureka, Lisboa, Lunàrio (lemons).
Link: This region possess a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, providing exceptional conditions for the cultivation of citrus fruits, giving them distinctive organoleptic characteristics.
Gastronomy: IGP Citrinos do Algarve must not be stored in a cold or humid place. They are eaten fresh after meals, as a snack and are also used in the preparation of fruit juices, desserts, liqueurs and jams etc.
Reference: The European Commission