Cotechino Modena IGP
Cotechino Modena IGP is a sausage made from a pork mixture obtained from striated muscles, pig fat, pigskin and various seasonings. The product must be easily sliced. When cut, the slice has a pinkish colour, tending toward a non-uniform red, and has a firm, even texture.
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA: The area of production includes the territory of the following Regions in Italy: Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto.
EVIDENCE OF ORIGIN: Cotechino Modena IGP owes its fame to the geographic origin of the places where it has traditionally been obtained. It is the predecessor to Zampone and all other sausage products containing pigskin, which were originally made in Modena and later, with the handing down and spreading of the knowledge of the art of making these pure pork sausage products, were also produced in other regions of central-northern Italy. The "codeghin" has been well-known throughout the Po Valley area since the time of the Duchy of Milan. The industriousness and technical skill traditionally handed down among the makers of Cotechino Modena are essential elements of this product, whose characteristics still today are influenced by environmental and human factors. The fame of Cotechino Modena is confirmed by numerous testimonies in literature.
ACQUISITION: The production of Cotechino Modena is carried out in the following stages: preparation of the raw materials, grinding, blending and stuffing, which is then followed by drying for the product sold fresh, and by pre-cooking and suitable heat treatment for the product sold cooked.
LINK: The requirements for denomination of origin products depend on the natural and human factors of the production area. The environmental conditions of the defined area are those of the typical climate of central-northern Italy.
The main connection with the traditional area of production is that of the technical skill of the workers, who over time have become highly qualified, making it possible to use entirely traditional production procedures.
The traditions and environmental characteristics together are very closely linked to the socioeconomic development of the production area, such as to give it certain characteristics irreproducible elsewhere.
Reference: The European Commission