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Taşköprü (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Taşköprü - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 29 May 2015


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Presentation of Taşköprü

The municipality of Taşköpr&# (lit., Stone Bridge; 39,206 inhabitants in 2012, 16,686 in the town proper; 18,113 ha) is located 40 km east of Kastamonu.

Ivan Sache, 13 March 2016


Flag of Taşköprü

The flag of Taşköprü (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features the stone bridge (photo) built in the 13th century over Gok Irmak (Blue River).

In the lower right part of the emblem, heads of garlic recall that Taşköprü is Turkey's capital of garlic.
Kastamonu garlic is the most widely grown garlic clone in Turkey due to its high soluble solid content, strong flavor, and long storage capability. Kastamonu garlic is very well adapted to Taşköprü district in Kastamonu province. Since Kastamonu province produces about 17% of Turkey’s garlic production mainly using this variety, it is called Kastamonu garlic or Taşköprü garlic. The high quality features of Kastamonu garlic are likely due to the interaction between its genotype and the environment where it has been cultivated.
A DNA fingerprinting study revealed significant genetic variation between Kastamonu garlic grown in Taşköprü and Bursa. Due to its popularity, it is possible that most of garlic produced in Turkey sold as Kastamonu garlic may include several different garlic genotypes.
[M. Ipek, A. Ipek & P.W. Simon. Molecular characterization of Kastamonu garlic: An economically important garlic clone in Turkey. Scientia Horticulturae 115, 203-208 (2008)]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 13 March 2016