Published on: December 21, 2022
Ladakh GI tag
Why in news? Ladakh got its first ever Geographical Indication (GI) Tag to its Raktsey Karpo Apricot.
- Raktsey Karpo Apricot is one of the nine items recently registered in the GI tag
- Ladakh grows more than thirty types of Apricots, but Raktsey Karpo variety is unique to the region and matchless in sweetness and colourful with white Kernel.
About Ladakh Apricot
- Ladakh Apricot is classified into two broad categories based on kernel taste and stone colour.
- Fruits with bitter kernels are called khante meaning bitter,
- Sweet kernels are called nyarmo meaning sweet.
- They are further divided into two sub-groups based on seed stone colour.
- Fruit with white seed stone is called Raktsey Karpo (Rakstey means seed, karpo means white),
- Those with brown seed stone are called Raktsey Nakpo or Nyarmo (black seeded).
About Apricot in Ladakh
- Their vibrant orangish red colours, sweet and sour taste make them special in their own way.
- They have velvety skin and flesh, not too juicy but definitely sweet and smooth and are free from cholesterol and saturated fats
- They are the major fruit of Ladakh with large scale cultivation in both Leh and Kargil Districts among the nine fruits grown in Ladakh.
- Apricot is also being promoted under One District One Product for Kargil.
- Ladakh is the biggest apricot producer in the nation