Have you ever purchased a product with the “Swiss Parks” label? In addition to the protected status that regional food products can earn from the Swiss government—AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) and IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée), Switzerland also recognizes foods produced within a “park of national importance.”
During my visit to the Parc naturel régional Chasseral on New Year’s Day this year, my husband bought a small jar of Moutarde Gros Grains (whole-grained mustard), prepared by the L’Hospice Le Pré-aux-Boeufs in Sonvilier. As I glanced at the label, I noticed a green square representing the Swiss Parks label. I had heard something about this program before, but now I wanted to know more… What types of products bear this label?
Swiss Parks Product Label – Updated: September 20, 2018
Overall, the Swiss Parks Network currently has 19 parks—two of which are currently in the “establishment phase.” At this time, 12 of these parks have products that have earned the Swiss Parks label. The purpose of this federal program is to help individuals and businesses promote their regional food products, which are made in accordance with sustainable development practices.
Altogether, more than 1,700 food products have been approved under this program, which includes jam, dairy products, wine, bread, pastries, meat, fish and more. These products can be purchased directly from the producers or from local supermarkets. Swiss Parks also has a catalog of culinary specialties with various gift suggestions.
- Swiss Parks Network (official website)
- Genusslandschaften – 20 Rezepte aus Schweizer Pärken / Gourmet landscapes – 20 recipes from Swiss parks (in German)
- Parcs d’importance nationale: Label Produit, Office fédéral de l’environnement OFEV (2013)