Dalmatian lamb might be branded and protected as authentic products, reported Slobodna Dalmacija and The Adriatic Times.
Joint project of University of Zadar and Marko Marulić Polythechnic in Knin aims to stop frauds in preparing one of the most popular Dalmatian gastro specialties. Roasted or cooked lamb is a symbol of good food in parts od Dalmatia, especially inland, and serving it means special treat to a guest of the house. This way sheep type pramenka, authentic for Dalmatia, will be protected by certificate issued by Croatian Ministry of Agriculture. Therefore, no other lamb type will be allowed to be served as Dalmatian lamb.
As Slobodna Dalmacije reports, project covers three Dalmatian counties, Zadar County, Šibenik-Knin County and Splitsko-dalmatinska County where most pramenka breeders are settled. This lamb type is fed with Mediterranean herbs which give them recognizable taste. Experts estimate that there are 210,000 sheeps in those three counties, far less than 50 or 60 years ago. If quantity couldn’t be preserved, with certificate of authenticity at least quality might be saved.