The D.O.P Certification to distinguish whether or not the "San Marzano Tomatoes you are buying from your local store are truly authentic and from the precise region and the right strain of tomato, they are put through a rigorous certification process. This strict process is followed to protect the designation of origin rights so that when someone buys San Marzano Tomatoes they get what they expected. Similar to Champagne or Prosecco, it is about the region it comes from. DOP Denominazioned Origine Protetta meaning Protected Designation of Origin.
The tomatoes also must be grown in the Sarnese Nocerino area of Italy, with specific all-natural farming practices. They must be harvested at a specific point by hand when the size, shape and color are up to regulation. Lastly the tomatoes are peeled when packed and kept whole or cut in half but are not chopped or diced. They are packed into cans only and not into jars which helps to distinguish them from imitations. All the work that goes into these certified DOP tomatoes is the reason they are prized so highly.
That is why many cans at your grocer may not have the official Italian certification stamps. They may not have wanted to go through all the different measures of certification, have GMO tomatoes, were grown in other parts of the world, or any number of other reasons. That is why the farmers that put in the effort to follow these guidelines want to have their products protected from being grouped in with tomatoes of lesser quality.
Nutrition FactsServing Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Package: About 7 Amount Per Serving
San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes, San Marzano Tomato Juice, Basil Leaf, Salt.