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EC registers geographical indication for Hungarian spirit Madarasi birspalinka

The European Commission announced on Tuesday that it had registered a geographical indication for the Madarasi birspalinka spirit, making it the 12th Hungarian palinka to get EU protection, the ministry of agriculture said.

Madarasi birspalinka may be produced in commercial palinka distilleries located in Bacs-Kiskun County, the EC said. The quince used as the basic ingredient may originate from this area only, it added.

The high average temperature and plentiful sunshine of Bacs-Kiskun County and the loose sandy soil which heats up quickly give the quince an excellent environment.

The expertise used in processing the quince involves post-ripening, so that the aroma materials in the fruit concentrate further, giving the palinka its unique flavour.

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