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‘Zagorski mlinci’ the latest Croatian product protected by the EU

Mlinci (Photo credit: zagorski-mlinci.com)

BRUSSELS, 25 June 2019 – Mlinci from the region of Zagorje is the latest Croatian product which has now been protected at EU level.

On Tuesday, the European Commission announced that ‘Zagorski mlinci’ had been added to the register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGI), protecting the designation of origin and geographical indications of ‘Zagorski mlinci’.

‘Zagorski mlinci’ are baker’s wares made from type-550 fine wheat flour, water and salt, combined to produce a thin sheet of dough, which is rolled out and stretched by hand until it is no thicker than 2,5 mm. The sheet of dough is cut into rectangles, which are baked twice on heated plates and then left to dry completely.

The end product, ‘Zagorski mlinci’, are rectangles of thin baked dough, with possible uneven edges, white to yellow in colour, with an even crust that is somewhat raised in places and marked by characteristic, partly charred, blisters ranging in colour from light-brown to brown and black as a result of the bubbling of the dough during baking.

Before they are eaten, ‘Zagorski mlinci’ are broken into smaller pieces by hand, soaked in boiling water and left to rest for a short while. They are then rinsed and traditionally flavoured with hot roast dripping before being served.

The geographical area of production of ‘Zagorski mlinci’ comprises the territory of Hrvatsko Zagorje, i.e. the whole territory of Krapina-Zagorje County, the whole territory of Varaždin County and the edges of Zagreb County that border on Krapina-Zagorje and Varaždin Counties, specifically the municipalities of: Brdovec, Marija Gorica, Pušća, Dubravica, Luka, Jakovlje, Bistra and Bedenica, the report stated.

Croatia now has 23 products on the register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGI). They are Lička janjetina. pršut from Dalmatia, Drniš, Krk and Istria, olive oil from Cres, Krk, Solta and Korčula, mandarins from Neretva, Poljički soparnik, sour cabbage from Ogulin, Kulen from Baranja and Slavonian, cabbage from Varazdin, Slavonian honey, salt and lamb from Pag, Međimursko meso ‘z tiblice’, turkey from Zagorje and potatoes from Lika.

EU protected geographical status helps protect product name from misuse and imitation and helps consumers by giving them information concerning the specific character of the products.

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