PGI: AREA AND REGULATIONS

As sincere as its land

Obtained in 2016 – after a long procedure followed by A.P.A.R. (Association of Reggiana Watermelon Producers) with the support of the Province of Reggio Emilia – PGI certification confirms the quality of what is a centuries-old traditional crop in the lower Reggio Emilia area.

A mixture of fertile soils – those typical of the production area -, local biodiversity and culture of an area, grown in symbiosis with the cultivation of watermelon, is the secret of this excellence with its unmistakable flavour and fragrance.

The Anguria Reggiana watermelon is the only one in Italy and Europe with PGI certification.

THE REGULATION

PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) is not only the recognition of excellence in the area, but also a guarantee for consumers. In fact, Anguria Reggiana Watermelon is grown in stringent compliance with PGI production regulations which, in short, require:

– Only 3 varieties are Anguria Reggiana PGI watermelon
– A minimum guaranteed sugar content
– Grown only in an ideally suited area
– Subject to daily checks
– Hand-picked and tapped one by one
– No storage in refrigerators
– and much more

Only the watermelons grown in this area
are Anguria Reggiana PGI

Historical photos. Garibaldi with Watermelon - Family of growers who collect watermelons in the 70's

HISTORY

The tradition of watermelon cultivation is centuries-old in the lower Reggio Emilia region.

The watermelon first reached Italy in the eleventh century, brought by the Arabs; it was first grown in the south and then as far up as Reggio Emilia where it became a deep-rooted crop.

Always present in the banquets of noble families during the Renaissance period, its wide diffusion made it a staple food for peasant families in the nineteenth century.

Famous is the episode of Garibaldi’s journey to Gualtieri (RE) – now the subject of a historical pageant – on 19 August 1859, when he saw some watermelons on display in a small shop and decided to make a stop. Together with his hot and tired escorting officers, he enjoyed and refreshed himself with this typical local product.

The first agricultural censuses, which appeared in the 19th century, document how the farmers of Novellara (RE) excelled in the cultivation of watermelons, demonstrating a high technical level, not found in the scientific texts of the time in other areas. This is a sign that centuries of cultivation tradition had refined the techniques to the point of making the watermelon an incomparable product as early as the 19th century.

The great changes that took place in agriculture after the Second World War led to a further improvement in the quality of this fruit, which has now become one of the most appreciated Italian excellences.

Today the Anguria Reggiana Watermelon is an outstanding product which has conquered the market thanks to its unique flavour, its tradition and its link with the local area.