Kam­pot pep­per wins EU stamp

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TASTE -

FAMED for its in­tense flo­ral tones, Cam­bo­dia's Kam­pot pep­per has won pro­tec­tion from the Euro­pean Union, join­ing an ex­clu­sive club of gourmet favourites in­clud­ing Cham­pagne, Cor­nish pasties, Gor­gonzola cheese and Dar­jeel­ing tea.

The an­nounce­ment made on Mar 2 is the first time the EU has awarded its “Pro­tected Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tion” sta­tus to a Cam­bo­dian prod­uct.

The rul­ing means only pep­per grown in south­ern Cam­bo­dia un­der spe­cific con­di­tions can mar­ket it­self in­side EU mem­ber coun­tries as Kam­pot Pep­per.

“Mrech Kam­pot ( Kam­pot pep­per) will ben­e­fit from a very high level of pro­tec­tion on the EU mar­ket,” the EU said in a state­ment. That out­laws “im­i­ta­tions and evo­ca­tions of the name”.

Kam­pot has long been re­garded by many chefs as pro­duc­ing one of the world's finest pep­per strains. The pep­per­corns come in green, white, black and red va­ri­eties – with the lat­ter the most sought af­ter.

It gained global ac­claim dur­ing the French colo­nial oc­cu­pa­tion of Cam­bo­dia when it was ex­ported widely but the in­dus­try was nearly wiped out dur­ing the Kh­mer Rouge era.

In more re­cent years, it has bounced back with Kam­pot Pep­per grac­ing hip restau­rant menus across the globe.

Al­though most of the EU's pro­tected foods are pri­mar­ily pro­duced in­side mem­ber states it has in­creas­ingly awarded the sta­tus fur­ther afield.

Some 20 non- EU prod­ucts now have pro­tected sta­tus in­clud­ing Turkey's Gazien­tep baklava pas­tries and In­dia's Dar­jeel­ing tea.

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