The bergamot is a citrus fruit that is almost exclusively grown in the province of Reggio Calabria and has become an important symbol for this Calabrian province. The bergamot fruit is like an orange, but it has a yellowish-green outer skin and when you cut it open, you’ll find a yellow center.
The climate in southern Calabria is what makes bergamot oranges thrive there. The slight variation between day and night temperatures, the perfect blend of sun and precipitation as well as the mineral-rich soils of the region are all essential for growing quality bergamot oranges.
If we had to describe its flavor, we’d say it’s like a grapefruit only slightly more bitter. That’s why bergamot oranges are mainly used to produce liquors, oils, marmalades, fizzy drinks, sweets, and perfumes.
Notes of bergamot can be found in many high-end perfumes such as Christian Dior’s Sauvage Eau de Parfum which was named 2019 Fragrance of the Year (Men’s Prestige) at the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards.
And here’s a fun fact for you, if you didn’t already know! Earl Grey tea is known for its distinctive flavor and aroma which comes from bergamot oranges – one of the key ingredients in Earl Grey tea.
When in Reggio Calabria, we always recommend sampling local products made with bergamot oranges. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll probably be looking for extra room in your luggage to take some bergamot specialties home with you, too.
We’d love to help you plan your trip to Calabria, which could include a lovely day or afternoon in a beautiful bergamot orchard. Contact us for more information.