Vallée d’Aoste Lard d’Arnad (PDO) is a variety of ''lardo
'' (a cured pork
product) produced exclusively within the municipal boundaries of the commune
in lower Aosta Valley
. It was awarded European Union protected designation of origin
(PDO) status in 1996 and is promoted by the ''Comité pour la valorisation des produits typiques d'Arnad - Lo Doil'' producers association.
The lard, one of a number of preserved meat specialties of the region
is produced by curing pieces of fatback
in a brine
aromatised with such herbs and spices as juniper
. The brining
takes place in wooden tubs known as ''doïls'', which may be made of chestnut, oak or larch, and are used solely for this purpose; it is known that Lard d’Arnad has been made for more than two centuries since a 1763 inventory from Arnad Castle refers to four doïls which belonged to its kitchens.
It is often eaten with black bread and honey.
The traditional ''Féhta dou lar'' (Arnad Francoprovençal patois for ''Lard Festival'') is a Sagra held each year on the last Sunday of August. It has become a significant tourist attraction.
Vallée d’Aoste Lard d’Arnad
' - Aosta Valley official tourism board (multilingual)
Vallée d'Aoste Lard d'Arnad (DOP)
Category:Italian products with protected designation of origin
Category:Cuisine of Aosta Valley