The Melannurca Campana IGP
is the last arrival at OIP stock, it is one of the most renowned and fine italian apple
varieties, with a crunchy pulp, pleasantly acid and juicy.
The color is lively red, the stalk small and soft, its coloration is due to a characteristic process, that is to say the redding on the ground in the so called “melai”, pieces of land covered by soft material (pine needle mostly) organized in order to protect them from the excessive solar irradiation.
The production and safeguard area includes 137 Campania cities, where the consortium controls and certifies the authenticity and the the processes established by the IGP
On the historical side it was well known since the Romans, indeed it was inserted it in many painting and praised by Plinio il Vecchio in his manuscripts.
This kind of apple
is not only rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers, regulating the intestine activity, but also in phenol compounds, which, in a research made by the university Federico II of Naples, in the Melannurca
have shown to be powerful antioxidants able to halve the oxidative damages in the epithelial gastric cells and act against free radicals.