The Erode turmeric gets a GI tag

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  • GS Prelims, GS Mains paper III (Agriculture)

What’s the news?

  • Erode’s unique slender turmeric gets a GI tag for its distinctive fragrance and colour.

Why was it given the GI tag?

  • The plant’s underground stems or rhizomes have been used as spice, dye, medicine and religious maker since antiquity.
  • Tamil Nadu is the third largest grower of turmeric in the country (behind Telangana and Maharashtra).
  • The spice’s colour comes mainly from curcumin, a bright yellow phenolic compound that has been in the news for its ostensible potential to fight cancer.

 

To know more about GI tags watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGHk-tOXJ-0

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