In 2019, potatoes were paid more than peaches and nectarines in Emilia Romagna. The consequence is a stark increase of potato crops and a drop of fruit orchards. In the 2020/2021 season, the Patata di Bologna Dop consortium will count 419 hectares against the 357 of 2019/2020 (36.3% more).
President Davide Martelli explains that "this is a clear signal that the product is increasingly appreciated by consumers. Our potatoes combine unique quality with a strong local identity. They are the only Italian potatoes that are grown and packaged in Bologna. What is more, they hold the PDO certification."
According to the data provided by the consortium, 11,229 tons were produced in 2019/2020 (+19.8%). This data is even more significant if we consider that, ten years ago, only 4,936 tons were being produced (+127.5%).
The only variety is the Primura and its characteristics are determined by genetics and the cultivation environment, i.e. soil, climate, cultivation techniques, storage. PDO potatoes from Bologna are healthy, genuine, nutritious, filling and tasty.
Potatoes are mainly grown between the Sillaro and the Reno rivers in an area that comprises the Budrio, Castenaso, Ozzano dell'Emila, San Lazzaro di Savena, Castel San Pietro Terme, Castel Guelfo di Bologna, Medicina, Molinella, Baricella, Minerbio, Granarolo dell'Emilia, San Giovanni in Persiceto and Crevalcore municipalities.
"The campaign is looking good and we should meet expectations. Quality seems excellent despite the dry spring, also thanks to the improved conditions in June. It is still early to make an assessment, but we can say conditions are good."
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