Savour Springtime from Europe

April means spring is in full bloom. The winter coats are gone and the fresh smell of the first flowers are in the air.

Europe offers rich cultures and most importantly delicious and authentic food. Many countries take pride in their traditions that reach back hundreds of years and influence some of Europe’s most popular exports, such as Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO.

From about 1,000 years ago, there is evidence that the curing and selling of Prosciutto di San Daniele had become commonplace in the region of San Daniele del Friuli. To this day, production follows the same traditions using only selected thighs from Italian pigs, sea salt and a 13-month curing period in the area’s unique microclimate.

To ensure that the product you buy is authentic, true Prosciutto di San Daniele carries the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seal. This signifies the European Union’s guarantee of quality and authenticity, ensuring it comes from a specific geographical region and is created using traditional techniques that have set the standard of culinary excellence for generations.

Here at home, as Canada starts to thaw out from another winter, enjoy the authentic flavour of Europe in this incredible Chilled Pea Salad with Lemon & Prosciutto di San Daniele, created by one of Icons of European Taste’s ambassadors, Chef Chuck Hughes.


RECIPE: Chilled Pea Salad with Lemon & Prosciutto di San Daniele

Serves: 2


  • ½ cup each, snow peas and snap peas
  • 2 pearl onions, quartered
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Zest of ½ lemon 
  • 8 thin slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele


  1. Blanch peas for 2 mins; shock in ice cold water to stop cooking and keep vibrant green colour. 
  2. Peel pearl onions, separate and serve raw. Slice radish very thinly on mandolin.
  3.  Place Prosciutto San Daniele on the bottom of the plate and top off with onions, radish, peas and lemon zest.
  4.  Serve with a drizzle with olive oil and a few grinds of cracked pepper.

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