A GI (Geographical indicator) is a sign used on products or food that have a particular origin and possess quality and reputation. This sign identifies a product as originating in a given place.
Every region or state is known for its traditional or regional food items. Here are the food items that got tagged in 2022.
It originated at Kodungallour in Thrissur, Kerala. Snap Melon is also known as kodungallor Pottuvellari. It is locally grown fruit during summer. It is rich in sources of vitamin c, calcium, magnesium, fibre and healthy fat, and also can be consumed in the form of Juice.
Beans (Attappady Attukombu Avara)
It is grown in the Attappady region of Kerala, these beans are curved like goat horn. It is rich in anthocyanin and is helpful against cardiovascular disease with its anti-diabetic properties as compared to other beans.
Manipuri black rice
Manipuri black rice is also known as Chak-ho, it was facilitated by the department of Agriculture in the month of April. It has been cultivated in Manipur for centuries. It especially cooks at community feasts and serves as Chak-hao kheer. It is rich in antioxidants that boost immunity levels and also rich in anthocyanins.
Attappady Thuvara (Red gram)
This refers to red gram seeds with a white coat. These seeds are bigger and have a higher weight as compared to others. These are used as vegetables and dal or can be eaten as sprouts in salads. Red gram contains protein, carbohydrates, calcium, fibre and magnesium.
It is one of the exclusive species of citrus food found in Assam state. It contains nutrients, which include boosting liver functioning, increasing vitamin c levels, decreasing cholesterol and boosting metabolism.
It is cultivated in the regions of Pulwama, Budgam, Kishtwar and Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir. Saffron received a GI tag in the month of June. Ayurveda celebrates saffron as a naturally seductive and expectorant. It is rich in antioxidants and has numerous health benefits. It is grown at an altitude of 1600m to 1800m above mean sea level.
GI tags (Geographical indicators) are based on the unique feature of the product that is imparted by the agro-climatic condition of the region where they are produced.