Traditionally Italian, zampone is a mixture of lean pork, minced rind and fat, salted and spiced, and then stuffed into the skin of the pig’s foreleg. The zampone to be cooked and pre-cooked can both be found on the market. This type is very popular because it allows the preparation time to be shortened. Consumption is typical in the winter months, particularly during the Christmas holidays, but it would deserve more attention from the consumer throughout the year. Among the protected productions, Zampone Modena is a PGI cold meat.
The cotechino is produced with the same mixture used for the zampone, which is however stuffed into a different casing. The cooked and pre-cooked versions of cotechino are on sale. The consumption of cotechino is typical of the winter months, in particular during the Christmas holidays, but an extension of its presence on the table is establishing itself, even on different occasions. Alongside the Zampone Modena PGI, cotechino Modena has also been awarded the PGI recognition.