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Traditional food item gets new designation
Representatives of the Government of Araucanía, together with the producers of that area recently were granted the “Capitan Pastene ham leg” (“Prosciutto de Capitan Pastene”) as a Designation of Origin (DO).
The recognition of this product as a Denomination of Origin is primarily based on the quality and uniqueness of this ham, historically associated with their geographical origin in the town of Captain Pastene. The processing techniques, inherited from Italian immigrants, supplemented with local culture and the particular climatic conditions (due to the geographical location) make this a one of a kind product. A hand-made product, the smoking over wood is incorporated as part of its process.
The recognition was delivered during a local food fair called “Chile a la carta.” If you are interested in more information about this food fair, please click here. This new D.O. is expected to help preserve the local culture, increase the demand for the product, and encourage the establishment of new tourist routes in the region.
Maximiliano Santa Cruz, National Director of INAPI, stated that this recognition can “highlight the work of those who have maintained traditional ways of making a ham leg which is distinguished from others manufactured in Chile and the world, both for its special preparation, as well as for the natural conditions in which it is maturing which are given by their geographical location near the Cordillera de Nahuebuta “.