What does the “Productes de l’Empordà” seal of guarantee mean?
The “Productes de l’Empordà” seal of guarantee serves to individualize, personalize and recognize traditional products of Empordà. It is aimed at promoting their marketing and sale.
The seal and logotype can only be used for products manufactured or prepared, transformed and packaged in the territorial environment of the regions of Alt (Upper) and Baix (Lower) Empordà, and in accordance with tradition.
The conditions that products using the “Productes de l’Empordà” seal of guarantee must meet are as follows:
Present a quality guarantee, in accordance with a specific regulation of use for each product adhering to the seal.
What products adhere to the seal of guarantee?
The products adhering to the seal of guarantee are:
This is an onion of the “ceba de Figueres” variety, which is produced in the regions of Alt and Baix Empordà, and which owes its characteristics to the climatic and geographical conditions of the Alt Empordà region. It has a sweet flavour and a soft consistency. It is pinkish in colour and has a slightly squashed shape.
Harvest takes place during the months of June and July.
Brunyols from Empordà
"Brunyols" from Empordà, known in the region itself as “brunyols”, appear to be of Arabic origin, although it is also said that they were first produced by nuns in convents and monasteries.
Irrespective of their origin, around the time of Lent, and particularly on Good Friday, the kitchens of Empordà are full of activity.
"Brunyols" can be eaten for dessert, at teatime or at any other time of day. They can be kept for several days, in which time they acquire a denser consistency and for some they are even tastier.
Sweet "Butifarra" sausage
Sweet "butifarra" sausage is a very particular product, and without a doubt, very specific to Empordà. Sweet "butifarra" sausage can be eaten dry, although it is much tastier when eaten cooked and accompanied with apple.
Sweet "butifarra" sausage has a high percentage of calorific components and normally it is eaten in winter. However, this depends very much on one's taste and palate. Empordà butchers prepare this sausage all year round.
It can be eaten for dessert or accompanied with "requesón" cheese as a snack. In the past, it was eaten mid-afternoon with bread and apple.
The rice produced in Alt and Baix Empordà is marketed under the brand name “arròs de Pals”. It is a high quality rice and is marketed solely and exclusively in packaged form.
The most commonly cultivated varieties in the area (>85%) have been Bahia, Tebre and Sènia, either separately or in a mixture of two or three. Other varieties that have also been planted include Ariette, Bomba, Fonsa, Loto, Maso, Montsianell and Puntal. Each one of these varieties has been planted for a specific reason.
Pomes de Relleno de Vilabertran
Stuffed apples are a typical dessert in the Empordà region which are
at their best during the August and September festivals. In Vilabertran,
it has been traditional to eat cooking apples in the interval during the
dance at the festivals for centuries. Many people in the region travelled
expressly to the village of Vilabertran to enjoy this exquisite dessert. The
village of Vilabertran inherited this tradition and has managed to maintain
it and now transmits this knowledge to new generations thanks to
the fair that is held every year in mid-September.