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EU Commission approves new geographical indication from Mongolia

Mon 24/01/2022 by Richard Wilkinson
GRIMME WH 200 in the Inner Mongolia, China. Cpoyright: Flickr/GRIMME Group.

The Commission has approved the addition of ’Увс чацаргана/Uvs chatsargana’ from Mongolia in the register of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). The ’Увс чацаргана/Uvs chatsargana, meaning the Seabuckthorn from Uvs, refers to berries cultivated in the Uvs Province, in north-western Mongolia. They are generally yellow or orange but can also sometimes be reddish, cream of maroon and are characterised by their juicy pulp, an aromatic smell and a sour taste. The ’Увс чацаргана/Uvs chatsargana’ grow in a natural environment that is extremely harsh with temperatures fluctuating between +36°C in summer and -49.6°C in winter, so they develop a high content of oil and carotene, and a rich aroma. Thanks to their specific qualities and nutrients, the ’Увс чацаргана/Uvs chatsargana’ also enjoy a reputation both nationally and internationally.

This new denomination is the first Protected Geographical Indication from Mongolia registered. It will be added to the list of 1,573 agricultural products and foodstuffs from the EU and from non-EU countries already protected in the eAmbrosia database.

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