The juicy watermelons of southeastern Diyarbakır province could also be well-known throughout Turkey, however the neighboring Şanlıurfa province is now trying to share the limelight with a particular sort of watermelon distinctive to the world.
Şanlıurfa’s Karaköprü Municipality lately introduced that it’s working to protect “tat karpuzu” and has utilized to related authorities to get it certified with a geographical indication (GI) tag.
Tat karpuzu is a sort of watermelon that has been grown in Karaköprü and the encompassing area for hundreds of years. Some say its historical past dates again to earlier than Göbeklitepe, the oldest temple on this planet. The watermelon, which grows a lot bigger and longer than a standard watermelon and may generally appear like an enormous zucchini or cucumber, is a vital a part of the native historical past and custom. With one shade of inexperienced on the surface, the within of the tat karpuzu is pink and far sweeter than common watermelons.
Karaköprü Municipality Mayor Metin Baydilli, Harran University Rector Mehmet Sabri Çelik, Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Director Murat Çakmaklı and Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Agricultural Research Institute (GAPTEM) Director Ibrahim Halil Çetiner visited and inspected testing grounds for the morphological characterization of tat karpuzu.
Stating that Karaköprü is an agricultural city with many distinctive native agriproducts, Baydilli spoke in regards to the significance of preserving native merchandise.
“We have obtained a geographical indication registration for pomegranates, the image of Karaköprü, and now we’re working to acquire one for tat karpuzu, which grows within the villages of Tatburç and Yoğunburç in our province,” he stated.
“We are working with our college, provincial agriculture directorate and GAPTEM to register the replica of tat karpuzu, which has a singular style,” Baydilli stated.
Çelik stated the distinctive product from Karaköprü needs to be preserved, underscoring that getting native merchandise registered was of nice significance each for locals and for Turkey as an entire.
Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Director Çakmaklı stated getting the watermelon registered would contribute considerably to native manufacturing and assist out native farmers.