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The production area consists of the territory of 11 Municipalities located along the river Piave, in the Province of Treviso: Cimadolmo, Breda di Piave, Fontanelle, Mareno di Piave, Maserada sul Piave, Oderzo, Ormelle, Ponte di Piave, San Polo di Piave, Santa Lucia di Piave and Vazzola.
The shoots of Cimadolmo white asparagus are totally white, whole, fresh in appearance and smell, healthy, clean and practically free from dents. They have a particularly delicate smell and taste, are tender and free of fibrousness.
White Asparagus of Cimadolmo PGI (photo www.marcadoc.it)
Production specification - White Asparagus of Cimadolmo PGI
The name Asparago Bianco di Cimadolmo is reserved for asparagus shoots, which meet the conditions and requirements established in the EC Reg. 2081/92 and in the present production specification.
The cultivars suitable for the production of Cimadolmo White Asparagus are:
- EARLY DARGENTEUIL
Other cultivars may be present in the plants up to a maximum of 20%.
Delimitation of the geographical area of production
The geographical area of production of the White Asparagus of Cimadolmo falls in the province of TREVISO and includes the entire municipal territory of:
BREDA DI PIAVE
MARENO DI PIAVE
MASERADA ON THE PIAVE
BRIDGE OF PIAVE
SAN POLO DI PIAVE
SANTA LUCIA DI PIAVE
which is delimited and highlighted in the attached geographical map.
Pedoclimatic conditions - cultivation techniques
In the area defined above, soils with the following characteristics are suitable for the cultivation of Asparagus White from Cimadolmo:
sandy-silty soils, of alluvial origin, loose, soft, with a reaction from neutral sub-alkaline, permeable and carefully drained.
The climate and the temperate - humid one typical of the production area, characterized by spring with high rainfall intensities that favor the rapid growth of the asparagus, allowing the fight against white shoots, tender and without fibrousness.
Technical cultivation conditions
Nursery material selection:
- disease-free legs or seedlings must be used.
Production system and plant:
The transplant period for the legs is between March and April.
The density of planting must not exceed 16 thousand plants and / or legs per hectare, with a width between the rows of not less than two and a half meters.
The culture must not happen to itself or to other liliaceae for at least 24 months.
In addition, the crop must not succeed the chard, potato, carrot and legumes.
A complete analysis of the soil is to be carried out where this culture is intended to repeat it at least after five years.
Soil management and plant nutrition:
The soil destined for the plant must be prepared by proceeding to a light plowing, preceded or followed by deep re-pitting.
For the formation of the heaps for the production of white shoots, the plow must not be used but suitable equipment.
Mulching is mandatory for the production of white shoots. If black plastic film is used, the minimum thickness must be 0.1 mm.
On average, a quintal of asparagus removes: 2.5 kg of nitrogen, 0.7 kg of phosphorus, 2.25 kg of potassium; these quantities are to be reintegrated with fertilization.
Lazoto and potassium are to be distributed from May to late July, phosphorus and ilborus in late autumn - early winter.
. Mineral fertilization must be integrated with organic soil improvers.
. Lasparago needs irrigation. In the dry season, 50 mm must be added. of water every 10 days. In relation to the rainfall level, 3-4 irrigation interventions are necessary in the middle of June to the end of August.
The phytosanitary defense must be based on the correct application of the agronomic techniques. It must therefore make use of the integrated pest management techniques indicated by the relevant phytosanitary services or of biological pest management in order to reduce the intervention of chemists to a minimum.
The collection starts from the third year. The first shoots are harvested in March (around twenty) and the harvest period lasts for 15-20 days to the third year of planting, for 40-60 days from the fourth year onwards.
In any case, the collection period must not extend beyond 30 May.
The maximum expected production is 7000 Kg / ha.
The shoots of Cimadolmo White Asparagus must be harvested in the coolest hours of the day and with less intensity of light.
The plants suitable for the production of the IGP Asparago Bianco di Cimadolmos are registered in a special list activated, kept and updated by the control body referred to in art. 10 paragraph 2 of the EEC regulation 2081/92.
For the purpose of carrying out the checks and to ensure the traceability of the product, the manufacturer is required to submit the initial collection report to the control body, indicating the possible processing and packaging center, then note the quantities produced and possibly delivered to the aforementioned on a special register on a weekly basis. center. Finally, the producer, within 30 days from the indicated end of harvest date, must submit a final report of the annual production to the aforementioned control body.
The shoots of the Cimadolmo White Asparagus must be totally white, as required by the Community legislation on the marketing of asparagus.
Furthermore, the shoots of the Cimadolmo White Asparagus must be:
- fresh in appearance and smell;
- free from attack by rodents or insects;
- practically free from dents;
- clean, that is, practically free of earth and any other impurities;
- free of excessive external humidity, ie sufficiently dry after washing or cooling with cold water (the shoots can be washed without immersion);
. free of foreign smell or taste.
The section practiced at the base must be as clear as possible and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
Furthermore, the shoots must not be empty, split, peeled, or broken. Slight splits occurring after the harvest are tolerated provided they do not exceed the limits established by the tolerances.
The White Asparagus of Cimadolmo, for the purposes of release for consumption, classified in the following n. 2 categories:
- Extra category;
- First category.
Conservation and conditioning
After the harvest, the asparagus must be sent to the processing center within 12 hours, delivered in bunches or in bulk.
For their conservation, it is essential to slow down the metabolism of the product, through rapid cooling of the product through storage at a suitable temperature.
The conditioning must be such as to ensure sufficient protection for the product. Upon conditioning, the product must be free of any foreign body.
The shoots must be presented in one of the following ways:
A) in tightly tied bunches from 0.5 kg to 3 kg. The shoots that are on the external part of each deck must correspond in appearance and size to the average of those that make it up. The bouquets must be arranged regularly in the packaging; each deck can be protected by card. In the same package the bunches must be of the same weight and of the same length;
B) In unit packings or arranged in layered packaging but not in bundles.
The content of each package or each pack in the same package must be homogeneous and must contain only shoots of the same quality category and of the same caliber.
The label must be placed in a band in the central area of the bunch or above the package (for the product presented in unit packets).
On the label the designation of the I.G.P. must be indicated through the words:
White Asparagus from Cimadolmo and Protected Geographical Indication, in print of the same size and colorimetry.
The guarantee seal containing the logo must be affixed on the label, or the distinctive symbol of the Protected Geographical Indication, whose description, representation and colorimetric indices are shown in the annex to this specification.
It is forbidden to use, in the designation and presentation of the protected geographical indication referred to in art. 1 any other indication and additional adjective, other than those provided for in this specification.