Fenland celery gets protected

Fenland celery has become the first vegetable to get Protected Name Status by the European Commission. It will mean the crop which is exclusive to the Fens of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk will be protected for the future.

Special recognition for the nutty-flavoured Fenland celery

What does Fenland celery have in common with Champagne, Parma Ham and Cornish Pasties?

Well, just like those well-known products, it has just been awarded Protected Food Name status by the European Commission - and is the first English vegetable to be given the special recognition.

It means the name is now protected and will remain unique to our region.

Emily Knight reports.

Fenland celery gets protected-name status - just like Cornish Pasties and Champagne

Fenland celery has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication status. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fenland celery has joined the likes of Melton Mowbray pork pies and Cornish Pasties as one of just 30 foods to be given Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.

It means only celery grown in a particular area can be given the name.

The Fenland variety was recently revived by farmers in East Anglia and gets its "nutty sweet" flavour from the peaty soils it is grown in - which can only be found in small pockets of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The celery is the first English vegetable to get PGI status. It is awarded by the European Commission under the Eurpoean Protected Food Names scheme.

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