Yakkum

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The Authentic Radiatian Yakkum Company
Type Private
Industry Food processing
Founded LAI 868
Headquarters Javastadt, Tathika, Radiatian Federation
Products Yak-based delicacy and other condiments
Employees Approx 200
Yakkum is a Radiatian delicacy consisting primarily of pasteurised Yak semen mixed with garlic, used primarily as a condiment. While various versions of the condiment exist in contemporary Radiatia, as well as historically, today Yakkum primarily refers to a specific brand, the Authentic Radiatian Yakkum Company, based in Tathika.

It is traditionally considered a luxury food, and in Radiatia has connotations of wealth associated with it, equivalent to caviar. In Radiatia it is usually consumed with fried potato strips, and occasionally french fries though in some parts of the federation and elsewhere in the world it is consumed with crackers, biscuits or even spread on toast.

History

Yakkum is one of the oldest known delicacies on the Radiatian subcontinent, dating back more than a thousand years to reports of nomads living on the plains of modern day Radia who would, according to explorers, "do ghastly things with Yaks including the consumption of the seed of the male Yak".

Traditional Yakkum was consumed fresh, not pasteurised, with the pasteurised version not occurring until the 19th century.

The Authentic Radiatian Yakkum Company was founded in LAI 868 in the small farming village of Javastadt in what would later become the State of Tathika and was one of the first companies to distribute pasteurised Yakkum, especially for a mass market.

The company was one of few private companies that existed under the regime of the Radiatian People's Socialist Union owing mainly to the fact that the owning family were considered loyal senior members of the Communist Party. The company was granted a monopoly on the national production of Yakkum (which was only consumed by those in the upper echelons of the regime), while unpasteurised versions were banned.

Following the fall of the RPSU, the company successfully and controversially made "Yakkum" an official registered trademark, meaning that competitors making the same product were unable to legally call the product Yakkum. Opponents of the decision challenged it in court, arguing that making Yakkum a registered trademark would be like registering bread or water as a trademark.

The Federal Courts ultimately sided with the company in the case Federal Commerce Commission vs. The Authentic Radiatian Yakkum Company in LET 18 and barred other companies from calling their products "Yakkum".

Variants

Officially only one brand of Yakkum exists, which is made from Yak semen, pasteurised and infused with garlic. The same products when made by other companies (most notably fast-food chain Kerpruss Fried Yak) is officially called "Yak Sauce" or "Yak Dressing" but colloquially referred to simply as "Yakkum".

Other more traditional versions of Yakkum are also found across Radiatia, usually made from fresh, unpasteurised yak semen, although this is rarer and more expensive. While the federal government has long since overturned the communist-era ban on unpasteurised Yakkum, several states have implemented bans on food safety grounds and as such fresh Yakkum is not available everywhere in Radiatia.

Other variants include lemon Yakkum, as opposed to garlic, Cream Yakkum (which is just the Yak seed on its own) and even an artificially sweetened dessert Yakkum.

Versions of Yakkum made from other animals, including bulls, goats and sheep can also be found on the market in some places.

Production

The vast majority of Yakkum is produced from Yak farms in the State of Tathika and processed at the factory in Javastadt.

Fertile male yaks are "milked" by machine (occasionally by hand) and the product is then shipped to the factory for pasteurisation and to be infused with garlic, or other flavouring, with the finished product shipped to Radiatian supermarkets, shops, or even exported overseas.

"Fresh" Yakkum is usually made on site at certain restaurants, with Yaks milked by hand and then the seed is mixed with garlic by a chef.

Allergen information

Despite its international reputation, Yakkum is in fact safe to eat and has been repeatedly certified as such by by Federal Ministry of Agriculture's Department of Food Safety.

The mass-produced version is considered somewhat perishable, and it is advised that it be refrigerated, however most supermarket stock contains preservatives. The more premium versions of the product have much shorter shelf lives.

Unpasteurised Yakkum, while legal in several states, is considered more likely to cause food poisoning, especially if the Yaks producing it have any sorts of bacterial infections, although most restaurants serving the product have stringent hygiene and safety practices regarding fresh Yakkum.

Yakkum is not recommended for individuals who are lactose intolerant or unable to consume dairy products.