Cyprus, Nicosia

Traditional Cypriot Pasta Receives EU Approval

10.07.2024 / 22:04

The European Commission has approved the inclusion of the traditional Cypriot product Tertzellouthkia, a variety of locally-made ring-shaped pasta, in the registry of Protected Geographical Indications (PGI).

Tertzellouthkia is a well-known handmade pasta throughout Cyprus. It is crafted by combining flour from hard wheat varieties with water and another type of flour, such as village or whole grain, along with semolina, water, and salt.

The name of the product derives from its shape, which resembles a small ring or "tertziélli." According to the government's PGI application, "its distinctive features, such as size and texture, reflect the expertise of producers who have built its reputation over many years."

Fresh or dried Tertzellouthkia pasta is packaged in transparent wrapping, allowing consumers to see that the product is handmade, as well as its distinctive shape and texture.

Traditionally, Tertzellouthkia pasta has been served at celebrations and public events like weddings. It is boiled and often sweetened with carob syrup, grape syrup, or honey.

PGI underscores the connection between a specific geographical region and the product's name, where unique qualities, reputation, or other characteristics are largely due to its geographical origin. At least one stage of production, processing, or preparation must occur in the region.

Other PGIs in Cyprus include Loukoumi from Geroskipou, Pafitiko Loukaniko, Rose Sweets from Agros, and various local meat products from Pitsilia. Two additional products awaiting PGI approval are Agros Rose Water and Kokkinochoria 'red soil' potatoes.

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