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3 interesting facts about Mortadella Bologna IGP

  • Mortadella was for the rich. During the Renaissance period this precious cold cut was worth 3 times more that prosciutto. In fact, it was so beloved, that, in the 17th century, the famous Dominican friar, agronomist and mathematician Padre Labat underwent an incredibly long journey from Martinica to Bologna just to try the exquisite mortadella!


  • Mortadella is not as fat as you might think. This cold cut is created using only the finest quality meat together with processing at controlled temperatures.  Nowadays, 100g of Mortadella di Bologna provides the same calories as a spreadable cheese (approx. 288 kcal).


  • Mortadella was protected under warranty already in the 17th century! Back then, competent authorities had soon discovered the deliciousness of mortadella and determined that it could be produced exclusively within the walled city of Bologna, from authorized pork butchers, and marked with a wax seal. The most prominent notice dates back to 1661 and was issued by Cardinal Girolamo Farnese in Bologna to block attempts to modify this product, defined as “isquisita perfettione”

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