The Bolivian PTO (National Service of Intellectual Property
– SENAPI) recently organized a workshop with national
and international experts aimed at outlining technical
guidelines in order to achieve the Designation of Origin (DO) for
the "Royal Quinoa."
Royal Quinoa is grown in the arid Southern Altiplano of Bolivia
at around 12,000 feet above sea level. These extreme
conditions produce a bigger grain with increased nutritional
In the workshop, the characteristics of the Royal Quinoa that
have to be documented in order to achieve a DO were defined.
They include the features of the grain, its climatic
environment, the product applications and other aspects that
distinguish it from other types of quinoa. These characteristics
are due exclusively to the geographical environment in which
the royal quinoa is grown and make it unique in the world.
SENAPI has been supporting the DO of other local products, such
as the wines and "singanis" (a type of schnapps made
out of the Moscatel grape of Alexandria) and "Valle de
Cinti" (Cinti Valley), for which a DO was granted on May
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