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Ludbreg Horseradish Becomes the 48th Croatian Product with Protected Designation in the European Union Grad Ludberg

Ludbreg Horseradish Becomes the 48th Croatian Product with Protected Designation in the European Union

Written by  Apr 04, 2024

"Ludbreg Horseradish" has been granted a European protected designation of origin, announced by the European Commission in the Official Journal of the European Union on April 3, 2024. This designation registers the product in the database for protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and ensures protection throughout the European Union. The EU logo for protected designations of origin or protected geographical indications on the packaging guarantees consumers the purchase of an authentic product.

The process of protecting the name "Ludbreg Horseradish" was initiated by the "EUVITA" Cluster for Rural Development and Entrepreneurship from Varaždin, which submitted an application to the Ministry of Agriculture for the protection of the geographical indication under the name "Ludbreg Horseradish."

"Ludbreg Horseradish" is the root of a vegetable culture obtained by cultivating the wild plant horseradish (Armoracia rusticana P. Gaertn., B. Mey. et Schreb.), which, as an indigenous species and the same-named preserved variety, grows exclusively in the Varaždin County area. It is characterized by spiciness, sharpness, and a refreshing taste, consumed as a fresh product, primarily as a side dish and addition to meals.

In addition to the natural characteristics of the production area, the production of "Ludbreg Horseradish" relies on the human factor, which involves a traditional method of planting and knowledge of horseradish cultivation technology, essential for maintaining the characteristics of the preserved variety. The skill in cultivating "Ludbreg Horseradish" is crucial from preparing seedlings to processing the roots for the market, including the plant's processing during vegetation and identifying the optimal degree of maturity to ultimately obtain a root with recognizable shape and sensory properties.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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