INFORMATION

‘THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD DUE TO RENOVATION.’ (Pick Szeged Co. Ltd.)

Services

The wintersalami purchasing discount grants 10% discount when you purchase one rod of original Pick wintersalami. One coupon per wintersalami rod. Valid at the following shops of Pick Szeged Co. Ltd.:

Pick Meat Store
(21 Maros utca, Szeged)
Pick Deli & Gourmet
(9 Kossuth Lajos tér, Budapest V)

Pick Meat Store (21 Maros utca, Szeged)
Pick Deli & Gourmet (9 Kossuth Lajos tér, Budapest V)

(The validation of coupons for 10% wintersalami purchasing discount that expires on 31 december 2017 is extended to the end of 2019.)

HISTORY


‘I spread the fame of Szeged in Los Angeles, I always tell people that I was born here, and the world-famous Pick salami and the Szeged paprika are made here.’

Vilmos Zsigmond
Academy Award winner cinematographer

‘History is the subject, which has the greatest effect on the developing of our scale of values, since on what other basis we can build our future if not on the past?’

Albert Szent-Györgyi
Nobel Prize winner biochemist

‘I spread the fame of Szeged in Los Angeles, I always tell people that I was born here, and the world-famous Pick salami and the Szeged paprika are made here.’

Vilmos Zsigmond
Academy Award winner
cinematographer

‘History is the subject, which has the greatest effect on the developing of our scale of values, since on what other basis we can build our future if not on the past?’

Albert Szent-Györgyi
Nobel Prize winner biochemist

‘I spread the fame of Szeged in Los Angeles, I always tell people that I was born here, and the world-famous Pick salami and the Szeged paprika are made here.’

Vilmos Zsigmond
Academy Award winner
cinematographer

‘History is the subject, which has the greatest effect on the developing of our scale of values, since on what other basis we can build our future if not on the past?’

Albert Szent-Györgyi
Nobel Prize winner
biochemist

Pick salami

Pick salami (Szeged wintersalami): made of pork meat and pork lard on the basis of a century old producing tradition, it is made with secret spices, cold smoking, dry ripening process, in casing filled, it is a product with a special noble-mould on the surface.


The city of Szeged is situated on the bank of river Tisza. The natural bases of the counties on the Great Plain, in South Hungary, surrounding Szeged (Baranya, Bács-Kiskun, Csongrád, Békés, Hajdú-Bihar) are very favourable for cultivation of plants and animal husbandry. This good geographic situation and knowledge related to this makes it able to improve the husbandry of typical salami pork. From this area comes ripe pork, which has great weight, and which could be used for salami production.

The main phases of salami making process are: preparation of living animal, slaughtering, selection of halfpork by quality, cooling, boning, cutting of pork meat and pork lard, seasoning, filling in casings, smoking, drying, maturing, building of mould, packaging.

The local conditions give the Szeged wintersalami the very special features, the harmonious smell, typical aroma and unique flavour. The special base material, the traditional technology of salami production, the climatic conditions along river Tisza, the local existence of the mould-flora, the saved professional knowledge – given from salami master to salami master – contributed to the conquest of the world by Pick salami.

Mark Pick founded his factory in 1869 in Szeged, which he developed and enlarged. He produced salami in a larger amount with workers coming from Italy from 1883. He began salami making in large-scale in 1885. After the death of the founder (1892) his widow and her brother led the factory. They transferred the salami factory to Felső Tisza-part. The always-cool Tisza-air assured favourable climatic circumstances for the maturing process.

The eldest son, Jenő Pick – who took part in the leading since 1898 – joined the firm in 1906. It was the beginning of a new age in the history of the factory. He bought the bankrupt ‘Tiani’ salami factory in the neighbourhood, so the whole real estate at the Tisza-part belonged to the Pick’s family. Jenő Pick was aspired to get great changes with modern instruments. He had a good sense for the market, he saw the importance of the promotion. Salami became leader product in the first decade of the 20th century. The Pick factory has become the largest food processing company in Hungary in the interwar period, the Pick salami became a world famous brand. Jenő Pick led the salami factory alone from 1934 under the name of ‘Mark Pick’ until the nationalisation.

Under the leading of the Pick family and later as well famous salamimasters worked at the factory, who loved their job respectfully.

The technology of salami making really demanded that the salamimaster was possessed with his job. The science of the salamimaster needed several knowledge, as the control of composition of salami paste, secret seasoning for example, the most important sciences were smoking and maturing processes.

Quality work is indispensable without technical and technological modernisation. This effort and ambition are always present at the salami factory of Szeged. As a result of this, cooling technology became able to allow ongoing production throughout the year by the end of the 1950s, whereby the seasonal nature of production was kept only in the name of the wintersalami.

The love of the job, the keeping up of traditions, professional knowledge, the essential suitability, the climatic circumstances, the favourable raw material supply, the technical state of development, the high level production technology together assure the traditionally excellent quality of the Pick salami.


Szeged paprika

Szeged paprika (Szeged paprika spice powder): a product made by milling of the ripened, after-ripened, and dried pods of traditional cultivated paprika grown on fields surrounding Szeged, which has a favourable microclimate.


The paprika originates in South Mexico, Central America, and the Antilles Islands. The aboriginal Indian used it for healing and seasoning as well. Cristopher Columbus wanted to reach the east Spice Islands on the sea. He returned from the New World with unknown spices – for example – with a never-before-seen present: a paprika plant.

In the beginning paprika plants decorated baroque gardens of gentles in Europe, it arrived on trade ways to Turkey as well. From there it came to Hungary through the Balkan.

In the second half of the 16th century, Margit Széchy, a noble lady already had a plant in her garden called the red Turkish pepper (at that time also called Indian pepper or heathen pepper). The name ‘paprika’ came from the 18th Century as a diminutive form for the south-slavish name of pepper (papar), then after the Hungarian usage, the word became international and universal.

The first note mentioning paprika in Szeged dates back to 1748, the word paprika stood in an account book.

In Hungary, paprika was first used as a cure for intermittent fever, it later became a typical spice of Hungarian cooking.

While production remained for the means of family supply until the middle of the 19th century, by the turn of the century processing became serial and paprika trade important.

The paprika cultivation in this region started in Szeged Lower Town, on the black-sand-soiled fields near to Szeged, on the flooded soil of river Tisza. In 1934 Szeged and its area was declared a closed zone, so paprika powder from outside of this area was forbidden to sell as Szeged paprika.

The harvest was done exclusively traditional by hands picking that had to be repeated about 3-4 times to assure that only the stalk-ripened pods of excellent quality will be forth processed. A famous picture connected to Szeged is, paprika strings hanging on the walls of houses.

The genetic basis of the exclusive quality of Szeged paprika is constituted by state accredited paprika species improved in the Szeged region. These species accommodated best to the nature of the region, because during their improvement they used the original taste, aroma, colour giving paprika population, which developed in this area during the century.

The Szeged paprika has his special features due to the care throughout more Centuries, to the professional knowledge and the traditional processing regarding paprika, and the conditions are very favourable in Hungary for the warm-loving paprika as well. In the Szeged region the temperature, sunlight, and rainfall circumstances are the most favourable of all the agricultural lands for paprika cultivating.

Today’s people need vitamins, antioxidants in an increased degree. We use paprika mostly for seasoning in cooking, however vitamins and antioxidants in it help to keep our health too. The Nobel Prize of Albert Szent-Györgyi, the vitamin C, the Szeged paprika are closely connected ideas, they made each other world famous. Though colour giving carotinoids, provitamins, tokoferol substances in the paprika seeds are materials of the 21st century.

Paprika was earlier used as a medicine as well, today they produce noteworthy healing preparations out of it too, and in the future we can consume Szeged paprika as a spice for health.

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RECOGNITIONS

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CONTACT

Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum

10 Felső Tisza-part, Szeged, Hungary

Mailing address:

Szeged / Pf. 15 / H-6701 / Hungary

info@pickmuzeum.hu

www.pickmuzeum.hu







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