Maçã da Cova da Beira PGI

Description: The Maçã da Cova da Beira PGI is an apple of the Malus domestica Borkh species and is grown in three varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and the Jersey Mac. The particular flavour and quality of these apples is conferred by the micro-climate and soil in the area.

Production method: These apples grow on trees cultivated in cold and temperate areas, with a relatively long dormant winter period. The need for a long cold period is very important for the blossoming, production and ripening of the fruit. There are 1,500 hectares of orchard. The altitude which produces the best fruit is between 400m and 550m above sea level.

Distinctive features: The various varieties of Maçã da Cova da Beira PGI apples are grown in an ideal climate and area, situated between Serra da Gardunha and Serra da Estrela, which provide protection for the apples from the strong Atlantic winds.

Production area: Maçã da Cova da Beira PGI apples are grown in the districts of Castelo Branco and Guarda.

History: The history of apple growing in this area of the Beiras is closely linked to the growing of cherries. In fact apple growing suffered greatly from the success of the excellent Cereja da Cova da Beira PGI cherry which replaced the apple cultivation. Thus many local species of apple became extinct and were replaced by exotic varieties, which adapted over time to the local climate and conditions and produce excellent fruit such as Maçã da Cova da Beira PGI.

Product specification (pdf)

Geographical area

Producer group
Cooperativa Agrícola dos Fruticultores da Cova da Beira, C. R. L

Control and certification body
SATIVA - Controlo e Certificação de Produtos

Publication in EU official journal
Regulamento (CE) nº 1107/96 da Comissão de 12.06.1996 – L148/1