East Kent Goldings Hops Awarded PDO Status

08 August 2013, 09:09 AM
  • The oldest known variety of hops grown in the UK has received Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status from the European Commission
East Kent Goldings Hops Awarded PDO Status

The variety descended from Canterbury Whitebine hops, and was first identified in 1790.

Kentish oast houses, where the hops are dried, are an iconic symbol of the region.

David Heath, minister for food and farming, said, “PDOs help to keep traditional recipes alive and make a valuable contribution to the local and national economy. It’s great to see a hop join the growing number of British products whose traditions and ties with their local area are being recognised. I’m sure all those involved will be raising a glass to toast their success.

Tony Redsell, director of TG Redsell, which grows East Kent Goldings, added, “East Kent Goldings have a delicate floral aroma of lightly sweet lemon and are used in some of the finest ales and beers in the UK and USA. We are delighted that the unique character of the East Kent Golding has been recognised by the Commission.”

The UK Protected Foods Names Association estimates that recognised British products are worth around £1 billion.

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