Want to have a truly foodie feast this Christmas? PGI foods attain their status because they have a reputation, characteristics or qualities that result from the area they originate from, so nothing says quality quite like PGI status (the Love Food website has a great guide on the EU Protected Food Names (PFN) Scheme).
Here are eight protected geographical indication (PGI) foods that belong on your dinner table on Christmas Day:
1. Traditional farm-fresh turkey
It’s not Christmas without a turkey, unless you want to go really traditional and get a goose, that is! Choosing a turkey is quite the challenge; it’s the centre piece of a traditional Christmas dinner, so it’s important to get it right. Choosing a traditional turkey helps to ensure the superior quality of the meat, as it’s produced following very specific guidelines in order to achieve the perfect bird.
2. Gloucestershire Old Spots pork
These pigs are reared using traditional farming methods and their breeding has been the same for centuries, giving a very delectable pork. The PGI status was awarded for the how he pigs are raised and the meat is treated. It applies to all cuts of pork including bacon, gammon and sausages.
3. Welsh Lamb
It’s no secret that Wales is home to the best lamb. Welsh Lamb is reared on the lush green pastures of the country’s many hills and valleys, giving the meat a wonderful flavour.
With a natural, varied diet and plenty of exercise, this is undoubtedly the best lamb you’ll ever taste. Why not change it up this Christmas and have a slow-cooked leg of lamb with all the trimmings for dinner?
4. Welsh Beef
Lamb isn’t the only meat that Wales is known for. In Wales, cows are grazed on fertile farmlands and reared with the utmost care. Whether you’re after a fillet steak or a shoulder of beef, you can really notice the difference with Welsh Beef. You don’t have to worry about tough, gristly meat either, as all PGI Welsh Beef and Lamb has to meet several criteria in order to gain approval.
5. Melton Mowbray pork pie
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a pork pie, and the Melton Mowbray pork pie is widely regarded as a sign of quality. It’s made using a traditional recipe and a method of cooking that hasn’t changed since the late eighteenth century. If you want to impress your Christmas party guests with nibbles, then the Melton Mowbray pork pie is always a winner.
6. Stornoway black pudding
It isn’t Christmas in my house until the black pudding puts in an appearance.
Stornoway black pudding uses a traditional recipe with a very strict ratio of ingredients, combining to create a delicious, moist black pudding. In fact, it’s been named the best sausage made in the UK and was given PGI status for its moist, well-seasoned meaty flavour. If this isn’t on your Christmas food shopping list already, you’d better get it on there!
7. Scottish salmon
Salmon makes an absolutely fantastic snack, starter or entrée when it comes to Christmas day. There are two types of PGI-protected Scottish salmon – wild and farmed. If you really want a quality cut of salmon, then Scottish salmon is the way to go.
8. Scotch Whiskey
Finishing Christmas day with a traditional Scotch whiskey is a must! Carefully crafted for the best taste, all Scotch whiskey is aged for at least three years in oak barrels. Typically, the longer the whiskey is aged, the fuller the flavour. So, pour yourself a Scotch and enjoy a festive tipple with friends and family!
What are your Christmas dinner must-haves? Will you be buying PGI-protected food? Leave a comment below.
This is a sponsored post.