Protected geographical indication (PGI – IGP in Italian) is one of three European Union schemes of geographical indications and traditional specialities. These schemes were set up to promote and protect the names of quality agricultural products and foods.
This regulation is strictly enforced within the EU and is being gradually introduced internationally via bilateral agreements between the EU and non-EU countries. Its aim is to ensure that only products genuinely originating in that region are allowed to be identified as such.
The purpose of the law is to protect the reputation of particular regional foods, to promote rural and agricultural activity, to help producers obtain a premium price for their authentic products, and to eliminate unfair competition and misleading of consumers caused by the existence of non-genuine products which may be of inferior quality and/or of different flavour.
This system is similar to appellation systems used throughout the world, such as the appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) used in France, the denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) used in Italy.
In January 2016, the delicious straight almond biscuits known as Cantucci (or Cantuccini) Toscani earned their place on the IGP list.
We think that our recipe for Cantuccini is one of the best that we’ve tasted. Many of our guests have made them as soon as they have returned home, with great success!