Italian food products

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Olive oil[edit]

Italian olive oil

Italy is the second largest producer in Europe and in the world of olive oil production with a national average of more than 464,000 tons, of which two thirds extra virgin and less than 41 PDO and PGI recognized by the EU. In Italy, the olive tree is spread over approximately one million hectares in the primary culture and on a surface slightly less cultured, subsidiary with crops or with other tree species (vines, citrus, almond, etc.). Regarding the altitude areas, the olive has spread to 2% in the mountains, 53% hills and 44% plains. To the characteristics of the plant, which requires a mild climate, the cultivation of olive trees in Italy is widespread in the central regions (19%) and South ( 77.9%), while in the north the production is more limited ( 2%), but increasing, particularly focusing in some areas more temperate microclimate, such as Liguria and the hills around Lake Garda. The plants are producing about 170 million farms that deal olives are more than a million, so the average areas under cultivation are of the order of about one hectare, reflecting the extreme land fragmentation .[1]


Strawberry-tree, thorn, ivy; rare as Barena honey, fruit of the Venetian lagoon and the small flowers that appear when the tide retreats, or more widespread such as sunflower. Italy boasts an unbeatable record: 51 varieties, all surveyed by the Ministry of Agriculture, compared with only 10 to 15 other countries. Produced throughout the boot, including the islands, but especially in the northern and central regions, particularly Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont. Less than in the south, despite the enviable climate. Blame the smaller presence of beekeepers.


Mastic in Italy it is diffused in Liguria, on the peninsula and in the islands. On the western Adriatic coast does not go beyond Ancona. In the eastern dates back much further north reaching the entire coast of Istria.


Cured meat[edit]


Wine bottles in Florence

Italy is the world's largest wine producer.[2]

Bread, pizza and focaccia[edit]






See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Italy olive oil production".
  2. ^ "The world's biggest wine producing countries in 2016, in short - BKWine Magazine -". 20 November 2016.