Brussels, 29 March 2023
Today, the Commission approved the addition of two new Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs).
”Kangra tea” is a type of tea grown in Kangra Valley, in India. It has a distinctive nutty, winter green, woody floral aromas, as well as a sweet aftertaste. Kangra tea is produced in several areas located on the slopes of the Dhauladhar mountain range in the Western Himalayas. One of the very specific characteristics of this area is the altitude, all the tea plantations being located between 900 and 1,400 meters above sea level in these mountain ranges. The unique climatic conditions play a vital role in the delicious and characteristic taste of the final cup of tea. The Kangra Valley is renowned for its production of superior quality teas (green, orthodox black, white and oolong), whose characteristic bouquet results in a lingering sweet aftertaste.
”Komiški rogač” is the fruit of the carob tree Komiški krupni, grown exclusively on the territory of the island of Vis, in Croatia. The “Komiški rogač”-ground product is obtained by grinding ripe carob fruits and then drying them. Its traditional method of production is based on prior knowledge of the optimal weather conditions for fruit harvesting; it is important to pick the fruits before the rains in late summer and early autumn. Thanks to its sweet taste and characteristic cocoa and chocolate aroma, “Komiški rogač” is especially popular in sweet preparations and is an ingredient used in many preparations, such as creams, cakes and sweet drinks.
These new denominations will be added to the list of 1,619 agricultural products already protected. The list of all protected geographical indications can be found in the eAmbrosia database. More information is available online at Quality Schemes and on our GIView portal.
Source – EU Commission