Tuscan Food Made in Tuscany!

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O“zero-kilometer” movement. The philosophy at the base of it pivots around the concept that the closer the food production source to the end consumer the better. The positive effects of this shorter supply chain are reduced transportation routes with less CO2 emissions, fresher products treated with less preservatives, more dependable information on the food, easiness of controls on food production, a positive overspill on the local economy maintaining the capital in the area of production, and a strong push for small local producers who simply cannot export their products in other parts of the country or the world. Lastly, the final price on these products is much cheaper as costs and intermediaries are sensibly reduced.

As a consequence a number of products that are produced in Tuscany and sold in the same region is born. You can find these products when you are in a Tuscan supermarket doing grocery shopping for your holidays.
Take the pasta La Tosca, which was born a few years ago and is produced in the region using only wheat that comes from the Maremma, Val d’Orcia, Crete senesi and Pisa and Livorno hills. It is traceable to the producer and certified against the usage of GMOs and towards high quality wheats.

Olive oil and wine are of course among the prime products of the region. Right after olive harvesting is over, supermarkets make available large quantities of delicious extra virgin olive oil for their customers. The oil is usually produced by local consortia of small producers that gather their small harvests under one umbrella to create a marketable product. The same happens with wine in the month of March.
As far as vegetables, the culture among supermarkets to bring to the table more and more products from Tuscany is growing. You will see a whole range of fruits, vegetables, and legumes that clearly show their local origin. COOP supermarkets are among the most advanced in this field, but other chains are slowly following the trend.

Other delicious products are truffles and truffle oil from the Casentino, an inexpensive way to flavor your dishes with the tasty essence of this Tuscan delicacy. To this add many varieties of cheeses, and the cold cuts produced each fall season.
And let’s not forget about typical Tuscan sweets and pastries, which during various times of the year change according to the typical offer for that period. Search for the Ciaccia con Uva from Florence in September, the Easter Schiacciata, or the Cavallucci and Copate from Siena during the Christmas season.

So when you are in Tuscany shopping for your groceries, look for those products that are produced in Tuscany, your food will be all the more tasty, fresh and nutritious.