The farm is in compliance with HACCP certification and with the rules relating to the Logbook.
Furthermore, with regards to the mini-eggplant Perlina production, adheres to De.C.O. Municipal product specification as follows:
Product specification of the mini-eggplant “Perlina of Comiso”.
Art.1 – Denomination
The Protected Geographical Indication “Mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” is reserved to eggplant fruits which meet the requirements set in the present product specification.
Art.2 – Type of fruit
The De.C.O. “Mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” indication designates the eggplants in the fresh state grown in the area specified in subsequent art.3 of the present product specification, which refer to the botanical species Solanum melongena in the various botanical expressions, originally from Asia derived from appropriate crossings (Fi hybrid) with total exclusion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The baby eggplant type comes from the germplasm owned by the “Istituto di Orticultura di Pontecagnano” sezione di Monsampolo del Tronto (AP).
Art.3 – Production area
The De.C.O. “mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” production area, which as per now comprises the area of Vittoria, Acate, Santa Croce Camerina beginning from the area of Ragusa delimited by S.P. Comiso-Santa Croce Camerina and the borders with Santa Croce Camerina, Vittoria and Comiso.
Art. 4 – Growing process
The De.C.O.”mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” is grown in a protected environment (greenhouses covered with polyethylene film or other covering material) and taking into account the consumer concerns with regards to toxic waste, utilizes plants grafted on Solanum Torvum (a type of wild eggplant naturally resistant to pests) in order to avoid chemical treatments normally carried out on the soil. The transplant on mulched soil with opaque polyethylene is carried out in the second half of September on double rows, 80 cm apart into the row and 100 cm in between rows, with plants up to 50 cm on the row. The operations on the plant are limited to flattening and defensive actions. The covering fertilization is carried out through a fertirrigation system which employs water-soluble fertilizers with a 1-0, 5-1,8 ratio to the concentration of approximately 0,05%. Harvesting begins about 80 days after the transplant and can be made by single fruit or cluster. The average production per plant is about 1,5-2 kg. The production cycle takes place in autumn, winter and spring (from October until June). Plants are grown in greenhouses in order to avoid the use of pesticides on the soil, resorting to the ancient practice of clip-on resistant foot, whereas the pollination is made by Bumble bees (insects similar to bees), that are particularly sensitive to pesticides, therefore drastically limiting their use. Nutrition is ensured predominantly by making use of manure with little supplements of mineral fertilizers. Soilless cultivation is not allowed.
Art. 5 – Consumption characteristics
When released for consumption, the De.C.O. “mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” must have the following features, fruits need to be: integral and fresh in appearance; healthy (produce affected by rotting or deterioration such as to make it unsuitable for consumption, is therefore excluded); clean and free of any visible foreign matter; free of extraneous odours/flavours. Below are the features of the De.C.O. “mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso”: colour: intense purple; - shape: cylindrical; - size: from 100 to 180 mm; - peel: fibrous.
Art. 6 – Designation and presentation
The release for consumption of the De.C.O. “mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” should be done according to the procedures described below.
All the mini-eggplants meeting the requirements listed in the following specification and released for consumption as De.C.O. “mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso” must be packaged as follows:
- wooden box called “ploto’” of the size of 30x40x15, maximum capacity 7 kg;
- wooden box 30x40x15 called “ploto’”, containing 5 trays of clear rigid plastic weighing 1 kg each, for a total of 5 kg;
- cardboard “ploto’” box 40x60x09, containing 10 trays of clear rigid plastic weighing 450 gr each, for a total of 5 kg;
- cardboard “ploto’” box 40x60x12, containing 10 trays of clear rigid plastic weighing 800 gr, for a total of 8 kg
Only brand new boxes can be used and on it shall be a cover such as to prevent the extraction of the content without breakage. This coverage must include the De.C.O. brand label.
In the B), C), D) cases, containers must have a coverage as described in the previous paragraph.
The content of each package should be homogeneous and should contain mini-eggplants of the same variety, colour and calibration.
The wooden boxes should be identified in accordance with the following wording: De.C.O. (even in full) “Mini-eggplant Perlina of Comiso”.
The De.C.O. brand label, which constitutes an integral part of these specifications, must be shown on the wooden boxes, along with the name of the packer/sender, the commercial features and the weight of the package.