Brussels, 4 November 2022
Today the Commission approved a new geographical indication from Finland: ‘Aito saunapalvikinkku’/‘Äkta basturökt skinka’, a meat product made from whole-muscle ham. The product is smoked on alder wood using a direct smoking method in a smoke sauna. This specific process is strongly rooted in Finnish sauna culture, which underpins the distinction from other countries and their smoked products. ‘Aito saunapalvikinkku’/‘Äkta basturökt skinka’ has a fairly dry surface, but a succulent texture. As a result of the long smoking period and direct smoking method, its outer surface is a dark reddish-brown. The product has the typical aroma and taste of alder wood smoke. Sauna-cured ham is prepared in Finland in accordance with long-standing traditional recipes passed down from one generation to the next. The new denomination will be added to the list of 1,599 agricultural products already protected. The list of all protected geographical indications can be found in the eAmbrosia database. More information is available online on our quality schemes and on our GIView portal.
Source – EU Commission