Ayrshire early potatoes seek protected status

Defra has applied to the EU to gain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Ayrshire new potatoes.

Image: Oliver Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Oliver Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The bid has been led by Girvan Early Growers, with the application describing the immature potatoes as having "a distinctive strong earthy nutty flavour and aroma, and a creamy texture".

Ayrshire has been growing potatoes for over 200 years and earlies have been produced since the mid-19th century.

There has been speculation as to the future of PGI and the more restrictive Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) designations on UK food and drink products, currently numbering 63, following Brexit, as the designations are applied directly by the EU and not via national legislation.

PGI status has already been granted to early potatoes from Pembrokeshire and Comber potatoes of Northern Ireland, while Jersey Royals have the PDO designation.


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