Maçã de Portalegre (Portalegre apple)
Geographical area: Restricted to the subdistricts of Marvão, Castelo de Vide and Portalegre of Portugal
Evidence: Established through use, particularly due to the extensive acceptance and reputation which the apple has gained on the international market.
Method of production: The Bravo de Esmolfe apple tree normally only produces fruit every two years but in the Portalegre region, in proof of the fertile conditions in this area, the trees regularly bear fruit every year. The trees are pruned during the winter months and the harvest, which is strictly manual, begins at the end of September.
Link: The climate in this area is temperate with warm, but not too hot summers and cold winters. These conditions are suitable for the cultivation of apple trees which tend to do best in places with low temperatures in the winter and adequate sun exposure in the summer and give a characteristic taste and smell to this apple. It originated in the village of Esmolfe and has been well known since the 18th century. of this region in the north of Alentejo.
Gastronomy: IGP Maçã de Portalegre apples may be stored for several months if kept at a temperature of 2°C-4°C. They can be eaten as a table fruit or used as an ingredient for puddings and cakes and they are also used for making fruit juice.
Reference: The European Commission