Santorini’s cherry tomato is now a protected term

The European Commission has awarded the term “Tomataki Santorinis,” a small tomato grown on the eastern Aegean island’s volcanic soil, a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and protected geographical indication (PGI).

The variety, which has a very concentrated flavor compared to other tomatoes, is said to be first cultivated on the island in 1875.

The Commission has also approved the addition of two more quality farm products to the register. For the United Kingdon, “Yorkshire Wensleydale,” a pressed cheese with a creamy-white color made from fresh raw or pasteurized cow’s milk in Wensleydale (North Yorkshire), which dates back to the settling of Cistercian monks in the area in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Also, for Turkey, “Antep Baklavasi” – “Gaziantep Baklavasi,” a sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with semolina cream and Antep pistachio made in the province of Gaziantep, south-east Anatolia.

This is the first Turkish product registered in the European Union and the 16th non-EU food name receiving the protected status, which include for example Darjeeling tea from India, the Commission said.

The denominations will be added to the list of more than 1,200 products already protected.

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