Region’s Corniche pasties receive protected status
ABU DHABI: The Corniche pasty has been given protected food status following a long campaign to prevent it being copied by imitators.
Only pasties prepared on the various corniches of the Middle East and following the traditional recipe can now be described as Corniche after the GCC Commission awarded the dish “protected geographical indication” status.
“This ruling is a victory for common sense,” said Rajesh Chicken-Balti of the Corniche Pasty Association.
“For years our members have seen supplies of pasties made in places without even a coastline, let alone a corniche, flood the market. Finally, we can guarantee the quality of the Corniche pasty and help protect our food legacy.”
Corniche pasties date back to the 19th century when it was a staple food of families living beside corniches. The shape of pasties is popularly believed to have enabled pearl divers to take them underwater without spoiling the vegetable and meat contents within.