Ladakh gets its first-ever GI Tag to its Raktsey Karpo Apricot

Source: The post is based on the article Ladakh gets its first-ever GI Tag to its Raktsey Karpo Apricotpublished in AIR on 19th December 2022

What is the News?

Ladakh got its first ever Geographical Indication (GI) Tag to its Raktsey Karpo Apricot.

Apricot Production in Ladakh

Ladakh is the biggest apricot producer in the country.

Ladakh Apricot is classified into two broad categories based on kernel taste and stone color. Fruits with bitter kernels are called khante meaning bitter, while those with sweet kernels are called nyarmo meaning sweet. 

They are further divided into two sub-groups based on seed stone color. Fruit with white seed stones is called Raktsey Karpo while those with brown seed stones are called Raktsey Nakpo or Nyarmo (black seeded).

Ladakh Apricot is also being promoted under One District One Product for Kargil.

What is special about Raktsey Karpo Apricot?

Firstly, it is packed with vitamins, is low on calories and is rich in sorbitol – a natural glucose substitute that can be consumed by diabetics.

Secondly, the oil from its seed is known to relieve back aches and joint pain. 

Thirdly, it is grown organically as an individual on trees or in clusters without using any chemical fertilizers.

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