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Pepper from O Couto

The Protected Geographical Indication covers Pemento do Couto peppers from the the species Capsicum annum L, local ecotypes of the variety of that name. The period of commercialization is scheduled from 15 April to 31 October, but can be longer or shorter depending on the weather conditions or the characteristics of the product. 

The pepper is harvested green in early unripe state, for marketing it fresh. It must have an elongated shape with three or four chambers at the apex, weighing between 4 and 6 grams per unit; 4 to 8 centimetres in length; 2 centimetres wide.

Skin is dark green, with little brightness and wall thickness is 1 to 1.5 centimetres. The flesh is fine-textured, sweet in taste, slightly herbaceous and not spicy, a moderately strong aroma and few seeds.

The area of production of peppers covered by the PGI Pemento do Couto includes the municipalities of Ferrol, Nar√≥n, Valdovi√Īo, Cedeira, Moeche, As Somozas, San Sadurni√Īo, Neda, Fene, Mugardos and Ares in the province of A Coru√Īa. 

Technical data (2014)
  • Registered surface: 3 hectares
  • Producers: 20
  • Packers: 2
  • Marketed production: 48.3 tons
  • Economic value: 145,000 euros