Protected geographical indication melon fruit

Traditional melons - Provincia di Bologna (foto di Paolo Barone)
Traditional melons - Provincia di Bologna (foto di Paolo Barone)

The Melon is a culinary fruit which belongs to the species Cucumis melo of the plant family Cucurbitaceae. In the Bologna's plain area the melons (as well as the traditional Watermelons from San Matteo della Decima) are grown in the fertile Samoggia Plain and owe their special taste to the land potassium-rich.


The Igp melon is produced in the version with smooth skin and with net-like (or reticulated) skin covering. The varieties used are related to the following types of reference: Harper (net-like skinned type without notch of the wafer), Supermarket (net-like skinned type with notch of the wafer), Honey Moon (smooth type). The marketing period is from late May to late October.


The registration request for the recognition of the Igp is ongoing for Melon grown in the province of Bologna in the municipalities of Crevalcore, Galliera and San Giovanni in Persiceto as well as in the municipalities of the province of Ferrara (Bondeno, Cento e Sant’Agostino), Modena (Concordia sulla Secchia, Mirandola e San Felice sul Panaro), Mantova and Cremona.


By ministerial decree on July 19, 2011 was granted a transitional national protection to the name "Melone mantovano Igp" and was sent the request to the European Commission for the registration as a Protected geographical indication (IGP or PGI).


You can taste the sweet melons and watermelons on the occasion of the Cucombra - Festival of Melon and Watermelon, which was born in 1993 in order to promote local traditional products. It takes place in San Matteo della Decima every year at the beginning of July.


Consorzio Cocomero e Melone tipici di San Matteo Decima, presso la sede del Consorzio dei Partecipanti - Corso Italia, 45 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO

Ph. 0039 051 821134 - fax 0039 051 825088

Consorzio del Melone Mantovano - via Ludovico Ariosto, 30/A - 46028 Sermide (Mantova)

Ph. 0039 335 6087178


Info about the Protected geographical indication (PGI) of the Melone mantovano:

Carlo Malavolta o Alberto Ventura - Servizio Percorsi di qualità, relazioni di mercato e integrazione di filiera, Direzione Generale Agricoltura della Regione Emilia-Romagna, viale della Fiera n. 8 - Bologna

Ph. 0039 051 5274654 or 4466

Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

San Giovanni in Persiceto

Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Toll free number 800 069678


Opening times
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm

Thu 8.30am-6.30pm

Opening times (July and August)
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1pm

Loc. San Matteo della Decima c/o Centro civico
Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Phone: +39  051 6812057


Opening times

Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm



Last update: 09-09-2019