We look at the various different designations that exist for protected foods, such as PDOs, and the wonderful ingredients and producers that these cover, from Parmesan in Italy to Pembrokeshire Early potatoes.

PDOs and beyond: Foods with protected status

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In pictures: the Jersey Royals harvest
In pictures: the Jersey Royals potato harvest
In pictures: the Jersey Royals potato harvest
by Great British Chefs
11 May 2017
Jersey is home to some of the best potatoes in the world, and during spring is when the hard-working farmers of the island take to the fields to harvest their precious Jersey Royals. We take a look at the whole process – from a birds-eye view and down on the ground.
The calçot: Catalonia’s most well-loved delicacy
The calçot: Catalonia’s most well-loved delicacy
The calçot: Catalonia’s most well-loved delicacy
by Gemma Marti
13 January 2016
Gemma Marti introduces us to the calçot, a succulent PGI-protected spring onion so popular it has festivals dedicated to its consumption throughout Catalonia.
Super stalks: British Fenland Celery PGI
Super stalks: British Fenland Celery PGI
Super stalks: British Fenland Celery PGI
by Nancy Anne Harbord
22 December 2015
Fenland winter celery was once the pride of British Christmas tables – now it's making a comeback.
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO
by Nancy Anne Harbord
26 November 2015
We speak to farmers and cheesemakers to learn about the history and people behind this handmade, artisan cheese – how the region shapes it, exactly what goes in and what makes Parmigiano Reggiano so uniquely special.
Cornish pride: a history of the pasty
Cornish pride: a history of the pasty
Cornish pride: a history of the pasty
by Tom Shingler
18 November 2015
Tom Shingler charts the history of one of the UK’s most loved pastries, and finds out how it has become known the world over – even finding favour with the miners of Mexico.
Protected foods
Protected food classifications in Europe
Protected food classifications in Europe
by Great British Chefs
06 November 2015
Many foods across Europe have been awarded protected status to safeguard their unique characteristics or production methods, but do you know your PDOs from your PGIs? Here we explain the main classifications for the EU Protected Food Name programme.
Protected Foods – France
Protected food classifications in France
Protected food classifications in France
by Great British Chefs
06 November 2015
The French appellation system is the oldest food protection system in the world and runs concurrently with EU system
Protected Foods – Italy
Protected food classifications in Italy
Protected food classifications in Italy
by Great British Chefs
06 November 2015
With more protected foods than any other country. Italy has many of the worlds most recognizable protected foods
Protected Foods – Portugal
Protected food classifications in Portugal
Protected food classifications in Portugal
by Great British Chefs
06 November 2015
Portugal has over one hundred protected foods, including wine, cheese, meat and fish
Protected Foods — Spain
Protected food classifications in Spain
Protected food classifications in Spain
by Great British Chefs
06 November 2015
Here we explain the various Spanish foods and wines that are protected under the EU protected foods scheme and Spanish DO system
Protected Foods – United Kingdom
Protected food classifications in the UK
Protected food classifications in the UK
by Great British Chefs
03 November 2015
Here we explain the EU food protection classifications and the UK foods protected.
Parmiagiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano
by Russell Brown
30 October 2015
British chef Russell Brown was inducted into the fascinating world of Parmesan production while on a recent holiday in Italy.
Scenic Gruyères, great tasting Gruyère
Scenic Gruyères, great tasting Gruyère
Scenic Gruyères, great tasting Gruyère
by Chris Osburn
08 October 2015
One of Europe’s most iconic cheeses, Le Gruyère AOP is produced in a small Swiss town of the same name. Food writer Chris Osburn recently visited the town of Gruyères to discover what makes this cheese so special.
Parma ham
Parma's crowning glory - Prosciutto di Parma from ...
Parma's crowning glory - Prosciutto di Parma from start to finish
by Ella Timney
07 October 2015
Ella Timney visits renowned Parma ham producer Pio Tosini to see how this iconic prosciutto is made, from the first salting to the final firebranding.
Comté country
Comté country
Comté country
by Felicity Spector
13 July 2015
Steeped in culture and tradition, the French village of Jura Massif is home to the iconic Comté cheese. Felicity Spector recently visited the Jura mountains to discover the secrets, heritage, and of course, the taste of Comté.
Harvesting Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes
Let’s hear it for… Pembrokeshire Earlies
Let’s hear it for… Pembrokeshire Earlies
by Great British Chefs
25 June 2015
Find out what makes Pembrokeshire Early potatoes so unique as we dive into the heritage and production of these tasty little Welsh spuds.