Why is it in the news?
- Lakadong turmeric, a product of Meghalaya, has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
- Lakadong turmeric boasts a curcumin content ranging from 7 to 12%, significantly higher than the 2 to 3% found in regular turmeric.
- The elevated curcumin levels contribute to heightened health-aiding properties, as curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
- Due to its rich curcumin content, Lakadong turmeric is believed to impart more vibrant colour and robust flavour to culinary dishes compared to regular turmeric.
- It is organically grown in Meghalaya, emphasizing its natural and sustainable cultivation practices.
Additional GI Tags Conferred
- Garo Dakmanda, a traditional dress from Meghalaya, has received the Geographical Indication tag.
- Larnai pottery, representing the traditional pottery craft of the region, has also been awarded the GI tag.
- Garo Chubitchi, an alcoholic beverage with cultural significance, has secured the Geographical Indication tag.
|Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
· The GI tag is a recognition granted to products with unique qualities, characteristics, or reputation attributable to their geographical origin.
· It emphasizes the link between the product and its geographical location, highlighting the cultural and traditional aspects.