Onattukara sesame (Ellu)

Nov. 20, 2023

Efforts are being made by the Kerala state authorities to expand the cultivation of geographical indication (GI)-tagged Onattukara sesame.

About Onattukara Sesame:

  • It is cultivated in the state of Kerala.
  • Onattukara Ellu and its oil are famous for their unique health benefits.
  • The relatively higher antioxidant content in Onattukara Ellu helps fight free radicals, which destroy body cells.
  • Its high content of unsaturated fat makes it beneficial for heart patients.
  • This sesame grown in the region contains high levels of Vitamin E and antioxidants.
  • It also contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitoleic acid, and so on, which help maintain good health.

Key facts about Geographical Indication (GI) tag

  • It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • This is typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India.
  • This GI tag is valid for 10 years following which it can be renewed.