Udangudi Panangarupatti

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Recently, Udangudi ‘Panangkarupatti’ (palm jaggery/ gur) from Tamil Nadu has received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

About Udangudi Panangarupatti

  • The palm jaggery preparation procedure in this area is traditional till date without inclusion of any additional modern strategies. 
  • Uniqueness:
  • The karupatti prepared from the palm sap from the region around Udangudi in Tiruchendur taluk in Thoothukudi district has some uniqueness.
  • This is due to the presence of red sand dune soil found in the region.
  • This soil holds less groundwater. The moisture content in the atmosphere is less because of the dry climatic condition, which leads to high sucrose content, in turn adding taste.
  • The region’s dry climate is also suitable for storage of karupatti for a longer duration.
  • No chemical additives like Triple super phosphate and phosphoric acid are used in its preparation.

Key facts about Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

  • It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • This is typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India.
  • This GI tag is valid for 10 years following which it can be renewed.

Q1: What is Phosphoric acid?

Phosphoric acid is a mineral acid with the chemical formula H3PO4. It is a colorless, odorless liquid that is commonly used in a variety of applications due to its acidic properties. 

Source: Udangudi Panangarupatti gets GI tag