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 values.

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 30, 2014.


Originally published on 20 Apr 2016.

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