The process of protecting the name Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka began in May 2020 when the Association “Samoborska češnofka“ submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for the protection of geographical indications for the name Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka.
Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka is a smoked sausage intended for cooking consisting of minced pork, beef and/or veal and fat and a mixture of fresh garlic and dry white wine. Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka is also known for the specific way in which it is manually connected in pairs using a wooden stick, which is a process requiring a lot of experience and hugely depending on cook’s skills. The sausage is produced within the administrative boundaries of the Town of Samobor and surrounding settlements located in the north-western part of Croatia, on the east slopes of the Samoborsko gorje Hill Range. The importance of Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka for the geographical region where it is produced and its reputation are best reflected in the Festival of Samoborska češnofka, which has been held in Samobor during the spring fair for already 10 years. Product specification for Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka can be seen here.
Croatia now already has 37 agricultural and food products with their names entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications which are protected within the entire European Union. The EU mark of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications that is placed on the packaging guarantees the authenticity of the product to the buyer. In addition to the names registered now Meso istarskog goveda – boškarina / Meso istrskega goveda – boškarina (meat of Istrian cattle) and Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka, the registered products include: Krčki pršut (ham from the island of Krk), Ekstra djevičansko maslinovo ulje Cres (extra virgin oil from the island of Cres), Neretvanska mandarina (tangerine from the River Neretva valley), Ogulinsko kiselo zelje / Ogulinski kiseli kupus (pickled cabbage from Ogulin), Baranjski kulen (sausage from Baranja), Lički krumpir (potatoes from Lika), Istarski pršut / Istrski pršut (ham from Istria), Drniški pršut (ham from Drniš), Dalmatinski pršut (ham from Dalmatia), Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak (chard pie from Poljica), Zagorski puran (turkey from Zagorje), Krčko maslinovo ulje (olive oil from the island of Krk), Korčulansko maslinovo ulje (olive oil from the island of Korčula), Paška janjetina (lamb from the island of Pag), Šoltansko maslinovo ulje (olive oil from the island of Šolta), Varaždinsko zelje (cabbage from Varaždin), Slavonski kulen / Slavonski kulin (sausage from Slavonija), Međimursko meso 'z tiblice (meat from Međimurje), Slavonski med (honey from Slavonia), Lička janjetina (lamb from Lika), Istra, Paška sol (salt from the island of Pag), Zagorski mlinci (pasta from Zagorje), Paški sir (cheese from the island of Pag), Bjelovarski kvargl (cheese from Bjelovar), Brački varenik (a spice from the island of Brač), Varaždinski klipič (pastry from Varaždin), Malostonska kamenica (oyster from Mali Ston), Rudarska greblica (a cake from Rude), Dalmatinska pečenica (dried meat from Dalmatia), Dalmatinska panceta (bacon from Dalmatia), Lički škripavac (cheese from Lika), Bračko maslinovo ulje (olive oil from the island of Brač), Zagorski bagremov med (acacia honey from Zagorje and Zagorski štrukli / Zagorski štruklji (cottage cheese-filled pastry from Zagorje).