“Cemele pepper”, the local flavour of Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir, has been registered with a geographical indication certificate.
Under the leadership of Battal Çelik, Secretary General of Kırşehir Commodity Exchange and Kırşehir Ahi Evran University Faculty of Agriculture Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Kan, faculty members Dr. Serdar Genç and Dr. Hakan Başak, works had been started to obtain a geographical indication certificate for Cemele pepper, which is in demand with its thin skin, bitterness and unique taste.
Following the application made on behalf of the Cemele Pepper Production and Marketing Cooperative, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TÜRKPATENT) granted a geographical indication certificate to the local flavour of Kırşehir.
İbrahim Oruç, the chairperson of the board of directors of the cooperative, said that the village of Çayağzı stands out with its unique flavour and bitterness, thanks to its soil and climate characteristics.
Stating that the same yield could not be obtained from the seed planted elsewhere, Oruç said, “Our pepper, which is consumed in its fresh and dried form, is in high demand from Kırşehir and other provinces and even countries. We have applied to the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office for a Geographical Indication Registration Certificate. As a result of our application, our Cemele pepper has been geographically registered.”
“Products with geographical indications are sold at 30 percent higher prices in Europe. With this study, the interest in our pepper and the income of our producers will rise even more. The awareness and brand value of our Cemele pepper will also increase. On the other hand, we promote the Cemele pepper by organising a festival in July every year,” Oruç added…