Bebinca or bebinka, a layered sweet which is known as the queen of Goan desserts, is among the four items that is set to get GI (Geographical Indication) tag this July.
Goan sweets |Bebinca|GI tag | Photo: Freepik
2) AGASSAIM BRINJAL
Goa's Agassaim brinjal is a much sought-after vegetable alongside the Taleigao brinjal.
Goan vegetables|Brinjal|GI tag
3) MANCURAD MANGO
The Goan mancurad mango is the undisputed king of fruits. Goans keenly await its arrival in the markets every year.
Goan fruits |Mancurad mangoes|GI tag | Photo: Rohan Fernandes
4) SAT-SHIRANCHO BHENDO
This variety of ladyfinger is unique to Goa. It was shortlisted by expert committee on GI and supported by Nabard Goa for tagging in a bid to promote and protect it.
Goan vegetables|Ladyfinger|GI tag | Photo: Franky Gracias
Feni needs no introduction. After it got its GI certificate in 2009, it went international and is known as Goa's heritage drink. The cashew kernel too is in line to get GI tag in September 2023.
Goa|Cashew feni|Heritage drink
Harmal chillies have already obtained GI tag. These are grown in Harmal village and adjacent areas of Pernem taluka. The Khola red chillies (not in picture) too are GI tagged.
Goa|Harmal Chillies|GI tag | Photo: Franky Gracias
Moira bananas too have obtained GI tag. These are also called myndoli bananas and were first introduced in the 15th century by the Franciscan priests. It is believed these were first grown in Moira village of Bardez taluka.
Goa|Moira Bananas|GI tag | Photo: Franky Gracias
Khaje, which is a traditional Goan sweet, obtained its GI tag in 2020. It is commonly found at church feast fairs and temple zatras in Goa.