Veneto presents its most excellent products! Radicchios, salad leaves, asparagus, chestnuts, garlic and cherries: top-of-the-range products bearing the IGP and DOP labels, guaranteed by strict production guidelines approved by the European Community. OPO Veneto includes ten Protection Consortiums to promote and bring to the market products of certified high quality. The production chain of IGP radicchio begins with the seed and ends on the table, via a traceable journey and product certification: in fact the vegetables come from traditional growing areas and their cultivation follows specific guidelines and standards of agricultural good practice. The Rosso di Treviso IGP Tardivo, the Rosso di Treviso IGP Precoce, the Variegato di Castelfranco IGP, the Radicchio di Chioggia IGP and the Radicchio di Verona IGP are an intrinsic part of local culture and have earned an important place for themselves on Italian tables. The major Veneto area suitable for the production of salad is the Lusia region in Rovigo province. The humus built up over time in this sandy soil is particularly suited to vegetables. Thanks to an extensive network of canals, the surface water table is maintained constant at a depth of one metre; this is very important because it makes vegetable growing possible throughout the year. In 2009, the Cappuccia and Gentile lettuces gained European IGP status, certifying their quality. IGP lettuces must display the characteristics and values stipulated in strict production guidelines. Veneto asparagus is extraordinary. White and green. Delicious, tender, not too fibrous. There are two IGP areas, Badoere and Cimadolmo, both close to the Veneto Organisation for Fruit and Vegetable Producers. The land used for the cultivation of the asparago di Badoere IGP- both white and green - is a series of natural oases, medieval farms, sixteenth century mills and Veneto villas. Most of the production area lies within the Sile River Regional Park, with its wonderful flora and valuable environment and natural habitats. The asparago bianco di Cimadolmo IGP, on the other hand, is grown in soil enriched by the silt deposited by the Piave river. The mild climate and abundant water have turned a spontaneous plant into one of the most highly-valued varieties. Asparagus is rich in vitamins and minerals and has proven diuretic and depurative properties, thanks to its high content of water and fibre. The IGP chestnuts from the Combai and Monfenera areas in Treviso province - land of the foothills, tending to acidity - are the fruit of the prestigious cultivar Castanea Sativa, and their flavour is excellent, sweet and fragrant, encapsulating and exalting the aromas and flavours of the woods. They are larger than the ordinary chestnut, as each pod contains a maximum of 2 or 3 fruits. The flesh has a very sweet taste, the texture is uniform and compact and the consistency is floury. Polesano white garlic has held DOP status since 2010, and the Polesine area in the province of Rovigo, with its temperate climate and soils fertilised by the frequent flooding of the Po and the Adige, boasts a long tradition of garlic production, dating back to the 16th century. Polesano garlic is distinctive for its bright colour, its compact heads, its keeping qualities and, once dried, its unmistakable intense aroma. They are the wonder of the Vicenza hillsides in Marostica and the surrounding area, as far as the Chiampo valley. In 2001, Marostica was the first area in Italy to be granted the European protected geographical denomination: Marostica Cherries IGP. The climate conditions of this area are extremely favourable to fruit growing: cold winds are blocked by natural barriers, which prevent their access among the long straight lines of trees. Temperatures are mild and encourage early ripening of the cherries, which are sweeter and more juicy than varieties grown on the plain. The landscape of fruit and blossom in the warmer months of the year is a snapshot of the inestimable richness brought to this land by conscientious farming, which preserves and values the wonders of nature.