Goranski medun – forest honey with a pedigree

Medun is a well-known healthy delicacy that has been offered to many visitors to Gorski kotar for many years. The benefits of honey are numerous, and considering its medicinal properties and culinary attractiveness, it is certainly the sweetest ambassador of this part of Croatia.

The event called Meduna is also dedicated to it Medun Fest which is held every year in the settlement of Lič in the municipality of Fužine. Numerous visitors enjoy the rich and attractive festival program and a series of tastings.

Goranski medun – a Croatian product with a protected name in the European Union

"Goranski Medun" was also recognized by the European Union yesterday. Namely, the European Commission announced in the Official Journal of the European Union that "Goranski Medun" received the European protected label of authenticity. Thus, this product name was entered in the register of protected marks of origin and protected marks of geographical origin and protected throughout the European Union.

The process of protecting the name "Goranski Medun" was initiated by the Meduna Producers' Association, and the EU sign of the Protected Mark of Origin or the Protected Mark of Geographical Origin on the packaging guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product.

"Goranski medun" is honey produced in the area of ​​Gorski kotar and the Ogulin-Plaščan valley by bees of the indigenous breed of gray bee (Apis mellifera carnica) from honeydew, that is, sweet juice that most often appears on trees under favorable conditions and is produced by insects.

The color of meduna ranges from dark beige to dark amber to reddish-brown, and depending on the season, "Goranski meduna" can take on darker shades. The smell is medium to strong, balsamic, vanilla, with notes reminiscent of caramel, resin, dry leaves and burnt wood. It is characterized by a relatively weaker sweetness and associated aroma of medium intensity.

Let us remind you that, according to beekeeper Branko Vidmar, honey is by far the healthiest type of food for revitalizing the body. It contains even 12 times more minerals than nectar honey, is rich in folic acid and is nutritionally valuable in the diet of pregnant women. It contains a combination of sugars that is unique in nature. Sensory, organoleptically, it has a specific taste, and its main characteristic is that it is less sweet and thicker than nectar honeys.

So far, 39 Croatian products have been protected in the European Union

The Republic of Croatia now has 39 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected designation of geographical origin.

In addition to the currently registered name "Goranski Medun", the names of the products are also registered: Krk prosciutto, Cres extra virgin olive oil, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranj kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniški prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Polish soparnik / Polish greens / Polish olive oil, Zagorski turkey, Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Paška lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin greens, Slavonian kulen / Slavonski kulin, Međimurje meat 'from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria, Pag salt, Zagorje mills, Pag cheese, Bjelovar kvargl, Brač varenik, Varaždin klipič, Mali Ston oyster, Mining rake, Dalmatian steak, Dalmatian pancetta, Personal squealer, Bracko maslinovo ulje, Zagorski acacia honey, Zagorski štrukli / Zagorski štruklji, Meat of Istrian cattle – boškarina / Meat of Istrian cattle – boškarina, Samobor chesniovka / Samobor chesnofka i Lumblia.

Source of cover photo: Municipality of Fužine


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