4 Extra Debut. Helena Attlee’s journey through Italy and why citrus holds a special place in the Italian imagination. Read by Francesca Dymond. From April 2014.
A celebration of the Italian love affair with citrus fruit.
Mixing travel writing, history and horticulture, author Helena Attlee sets out to meet Italy's dedicated gardeners and farmers - whose passion for their life's work is as intoxicating as the sweet scent of zagara (citrus blossom).
In this episode: the elaborate naming systems of Renaissance botanists for the myriad varieties of citrus; and a journey to the Gulf of Naples to experience the mild yet intensely flavoured juice of the Amalfi lemon.
Read by Francesca Dymond
Written by Helena Attlee
Abridged by Laurence Wareing
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron
First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2014.
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