Volailles de Normandie (Normandy poultry)

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Volailles de Normandie

IGP Volailles de Normandie are poultry (chickens, guinea fowl, capons and turkeys) carcasses or cut pieces with firm flesh and superior organoleptic characteristics, slaughtered at an age close to sexual maturity.

Geographical area

The départements of Seine Maritime, Eure, Calvados, Manche, Ome and districts adjacent to these départements.

Evidence of origin

All of the links in the network are listed (hatcheries, food producers, breeders, abattoirs). Documentary records are kept for every batch of poultry : declaration by the breeder of birds added to his stock, delivery slips for day old chicks, declaration of departure for the abattoir and receipts for collection of carcasses from the abattoir, declaration of the labels used for the poultry after slaughter and declaration of downgraded poultry. The labels are all numbered. Checks on the consistency of the above information mean that the origin of the product can always be traced.

Acquisition

Pure or crossbred slow-growing stock; limited stocking density; reared in the open air; cereal-based feed and minimum age set for slaughter; carcasses graded at the abattoir.

Link

The link with the geographical origin of the product derives from the following factors:

Historical reputation, linked to the existence during the 19th century and up to the 1960s of poultry-breeding on every farm in the region. The existence of numerous local varieties at the turn of the century, six of which are still extant, reflects the popularity of this production, which was sold at major regional poultry markets. The structure of the farms and the climate of the region lent themselves to the development of commercial rearing. Production was restructured during the seventies.

Present reputation: The award of the Red Label testified to the superior quality of the product and served as a means of consolidating its reputation. Normandy poultry has a good reputation in its own region as well as in and around Paris.

Gastronomy

IGP Volailles de Normandie can be conserved in different ways: fresh, frozen or cooked. At the same time, there are a lot of recipes based on IGP Volailles de Normandie, famous due to the compactness of fowls and their exquisite taste. With the different breeds of IGP Volailles de Normandie, a lot of tasty and elaborate second courses can be prepared. Roasted or sauté with aromatic herbs or cooked with precious wines, they are the base of flavourful dishes, often accompanied by sauces and creams in line with the French tradition and trimmings of cooked vegetables or potatoes.

Reference: The European Commission