TRENTINO IGP TROUT

Descrizione

Fishing in Trentino was first written about in the XI century:  some documents talk about how the Sarca River, the main tributary of Lake Garda, has always offered the inhabitants of the county the chance to fish, at that time already subject to strict rules.  

Fishing on the lakes within the boundaries of the Trento principality was, in fact, administrated by the princes and bishops and it was up to them to grant licenses.  A document dated1257 reports the pact between the Episcopal Curia and the fisherman who was given the license for the waters of the principality.  This remained in effect until 1879, year in which the Artificial Fish-Farming plant in Torbole was founded with its own statute and Board of Directors:  fish farming in Torbole is still active today and belongs to the Romani family.  IN 1983, the Fishing Charter went into effect, a sort of accounting book that still traces every course of water, river and lake in the area and indication how much fish can be fished.  It was the first Fishing Charter in Italy and the reference pint for all the others. 


The trout has a tapered body, with a greenish or blackish back and blue-silver sides, with visible more or less big red, black or brown spots.  The trout is not that big:  it can reach 50 centimeters in length and a kilo and a half in weight, but generally you can find trout weighing from two to three hectograms on the market.   Like the salmerino, the Trentino trout likes cold water or, in any case, water not warmer than 18 degrees C and lives above all in rivers with a rocky bottom or very fast water currents.  This fish has meat that is not fat, white, and freezing it is not recommended since there is the risk of losing much of its favor.  Since it is an IGP product, every production phase is regulated by the production guidelines:  each farmer must operate in the area of the province of Trento and in the town of Bagolino (Brescia), follow the instructions on the production of eggs, spawning, raising techniques and the types of tanks, the type and temperature of water, processing, packaging and labelling. 

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Fishing in Trentino was first written about in the XI century:  some documents talk about how the Sarca River, the main tributary of Lake Garda, has always offered the inhabitants of the county the chance to fish, at that time already subject to strict rules.  

Fishing on the lakes within the boundaries of the Trento principality was, in fact, administrated by the princes and bishops and it was up to them to grant licenses.  A document dated1257 reports the pact between the Episcopal Curia and the fisherman who was given the license for the waters of the principality.  This remained in effect until 1879, year in which the Artificial Fish-Farming plant in Torbole was founded with its own statute and Board of Directors:  fish farming in Torbole is still active today and belongs to the Romani family.  IN 1983, the Fishing Charter went into effect, a sort of accounting book that still traces every course of water, river and lake in the area and indication how much fish can be fished.  It was the first Fishing Charter in Italy and the reference pint for all the others. 


The trout has a tapered body, with a greenish or blackish back and blue-silver sides, with visible more or less big red, black or brown spots.  The trout is not that big:  it can reach 50 centimeters in length and a kilo and a half in weight, but generally you can find trout weighing from two to three hectograms on the market.   Like the salmerino, the Trentino trout likes cold water or, in any case, water not warmer than 18 degrees C and lives above all in rivers with a rocky bottom or very fast water currents.  This fish has meat that is not fat, white, and freezing it is not recommended since there is the risk of losing much of its favor.  Since it is an IGP product, every production phase is regulated by the production guidelines:  each farmer must operate in the area of the province of Trento and in the town of Bagolino (Brescia), follow the instructions on the production of eggs, spawning, raising techniques and the types of tanks, the type and temperature of water, processing, packaging and labelling. 

Where you can find this product

Seasonality

Trentino IGP Trout is raised year-round.

Pairings
  • Franciacorta DOCG
  • San Martino della Battaglia DOC
  • Lugana DOC
  • Garda Bresciano DOC
Curiosity

The Trentino IGP trout are put on the market fresh, so they are easily perishable.  This fish is ideal for pan cooking, en papillote or roasted, but also as the main ingredient of a risotto, as the filling for fresh pasta or base ingredient for ragout. 

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