History, tradition and territory
In Calabrian peasants’ gastronomic traditions, pork culture is deeply rooted and Soppressata di Calabria PDO production process has preserved these roots over time. It is no coincidence that Soppressata di Calabria PDO is the queen of Calabrian cold cuts: it is realised using the noblest meat cuts (ham and tenderloin). Moreover, it must be obtained processing the meats of pigs born just in Calabria or in Basilicata, Sicilia, Puglia, and Campania regions as long as, before the 4th month, they are moved to Calabria, so consequently slaughtered and processed in the Calabrian territory.
Excellent pork meats are medium texture grinded, and then a little quantity of lard fat is added to the paste together with salt and chilli pepper, the last one in a minimum amount, to avoid its strong flavour to cover the meat one. The mixture is put into the casing, pierced and tied manually with natural twine. The seasoning time can’t be less than 45 days.