Meats and Dressed Pork products

Animal breeding has always been the tradition, thanks to an environment where tableland, hills, and mountains favour rational and coordinated development of pasture resources.

According to the latest statistics, over 400,000 head of cattle, almost 900,000 pigs, 30,000 sheep and 15,000 goats, almost 10 million chickens and more than 1.5 million rabbits are bred in this province. These figures alone confirm the importance of the breeding activity.

It is in the Cuneo region that the indigenous Piedmontese breed of cattle, once used for the production of milk, meat and labour, has evolved the most and, today, is bred mainly for the production of top quality meat, suitable for the preparation of tasty local dishes such as raw meat salad or boiled meat. Many stockbreeders follow disciplinary production regulations, strict and in line with tradition, established by the “Consorzio di Tutela della Razza Piemontese” (COALVI) (Association for the Protection of the Piedmontese Breed).

One particular production is represented by the Bue grasso di Carrù (fatted Ox of Carrù), of castrated Piedmontese breed, which is brought in heavy weights and sold on occasion of the Fatted Ox Fair of Carrù in December and for which PDO designation is in course.

Among the sheep, there is the Agnello Sambucano, (Lamb of Sambuca), the autochthonous breed of the Valle Stura (Stura Valley), which in the 80s had almost disappeared in and was then retrieved thanks to intelligent work of the entire local community with the founding of the Farmers’ Association “L’Escaroun”, and an ecomuseum dedicated to sheep farming.

According to an old saying, no part of the pig is thrown away, so every farming family once bred and slaughtered pigs, using the meat above all for cold meat products and salami, which could be stored and thus eaten over long periods of time. This is why there is such a wide range of different types of salami according to the different areas. Today, most of the heavy pigs bred in the Cuneo region are intended for the supply of pig thighs used for the preparation of PDO Parma and San Daniele hams. However, we are experiencing a return to the traditional cold meat activities. In fact, a procedure is in course for PDO Cuneo designation for: Raw Ham, Cooked Salami, Lard and Pork Underbelly.

In 2006, Salame Piemonte obtained provisional protection, just as Gran Suino Padana, which wants to highlight the value of the other pork cuts, and not only thighs. We must not, however, forget the other traditional pork salamis, among which there is the Sausage in its various aromatic versions, the Cotechino (Large Boiled Sausage), a non-storable salami, to be eaten cooked and served with mashed potatoes or lentils; the Sanguinaccio (Black Pudding), made with blood and a variety of ingredients, all products which can be found only in the form of artisan preparations in specialised shops. Among the other products there is the Bra Sausage, mainly veal-based, to be eaten raw, and the Bale d’Aso, a large salami typical of the Monregalese area based on various kinds of meats. One particular dish that can be found in any restaurant is Batsuà or Piutin (small fried pig paws).

Furthermore, thanks to the creation of measures in favour of Slow Food, the movement of rediscovery and recovery of the local traditions has led to the recovery of forgotten breeds or productions, such as poultry breeds, once found in our grandmothers’ hen houses: the White Hen of Saluzzo and the Yellow Piedmontese Hen. These breeds are used to produce the Cappone of Morozzo, a surgically castrated male chicken, with crest and wattles removed, bred specially for Christmas, and characterised by its tender and tasty meat.

Then there are the highly appreciated and popular snails bred in Cherasco, home place of the Snail Farming Institute, and in Borgo S.Dalmazzo an extraordinary mountain species is bred, based on which an old traditional trade fair is held annually. The Trout is another breed also very popular in the province, thanks to the clean limpid waters running down from the Alps.

Agnello sambucano

Sambuco Lamb

Name Sambuco Lamb Seal of quality Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale (PAT) - Traditional Farming Product. The Lamb of Sambuco is also a Slow Food Protection and a collective Escaroun Consortium Seal "guaranteed Sambuco lamb". Description The sheep of Sambuco originally comes ...
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Allevamento di Capponi di Morozzo

Capon of Morozzo

Name Capon of Morozzo Seal of quality Prodotto Agroalimentare Tradizionale (PAT) / Typical food-farming product. Description Shiny multicoloured plumage, small yellow head, thin orange-yellow claws, yellow straw-coloured skin and weighing between two and 2.7 kilograms are some of the characteristics ...
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Allevamento di Razza Bovina Piemontese

Piedmontese Cattle Breed Meat

Name Piedmontese Cattle Breed Meat Seal of quality Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale (PAT) / Traditional Farming Product. Description It is in the area of Cuneo that the native Piedmontese cattle breed has developed and evolved, once used for the production of ...
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Gallina Bianca di Saluzzo

White Saluzzo Hen, Light Bionda Piemontese Hen

Name White Saluzzo Hen, Light Bionda Piemontese Hen Seal of quality Typical food-farming product (PAT). Slow food Description White, Saluzzo Hen A small-medium sized hen with a red crest consisting of 4-6 teeth, which are erect in the cock and ...
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Lardo Cuneo

Lardo Cuneo

Name Lardo Cuneo Seal of quality Prodotto Agroalimentare Tradizionale (PAT) / Typical food-farming product. Application for PDO recognition under preliminary examination at the MIPAF. Description The product presents a rectangular or square aspect because of at least two layers of ...
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Lumache di Pianura

Cherasco Snails of the Plains

Name Cherasco Snails of the Plains Seal of quality Typical food-farming product (PAT) Description Snails raised on farms on the plains and hillsides of the Cuneo and Piedmont region. Of the Helix Pomatia and Helix Aspersa varieties, they are raised ...
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Mountain Snails of Borgo San Dalmazzo

Name Mountain Snails of Borgo San Dalmazzo Seal of quality Typical food-farming product (PAT) Description A particular variety of snail known as the Helix Pomatia has evolved in the South-eastern area of Piedmont in certain of the Cuneo valleys that ...
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Pancetta Cuneo

Pork Underbelly

Name Pork Underbelly Seal of quality Prodotto Agroalimentare Tradizionale (PAT) / Typical food-farming product. Request for PDO status under preliminary examination at the MIPAF. Description The product comes in a cylindrical form, if rindless, or "book-like", if with rind and ...
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Salame Cuneo CON.SA.TI.

Salame CON.SA.TI. Cuneo

Name Salame CON.SA.TI. Cuneo Seal of quality Seal of private and/or trades nature Description Delicatessen product of a cylindrical shape consisting of choice pork, fresh and not frozen (production meat temperatures not below -5° C). Salame Cuneo can comes in ...
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Salame Cotto Cuneo

Salame Cotto Cuneo

Name Salame Cotto Cuneo Seal of quality Prodotto Agroalimentare Tradizionale (PAT) / Typical food-farming product. Application for PDO (Designation of Protected Origin) status has been opened at the MIPAF. Description Of a straight cylindrical or "bean" shape in two types ...
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Bra Sausage

Name Bra Sausage Seal of quality Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale (PAT) / Typical Food Farming Product. Description The mixture for the preparation of Salsiccia di Bra has to consist of bovine meat cuts such as veal belly, shoulder or other veal ...
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Tinca gobba dorata del Pianalto di Poirino

Golden Hump Tench from the Pianalto of Poirino

Name Golden Hump Tench from the Pianalto of Poirino Seal of quality D.O.P. European Commission Regulation 160/08, published in the Official Gazzette of the European Union  on 21/02/2008 Description The full denomination “Tinca gobba dorata del Pianalto di Poirino”, is ...
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