Sicily: lemons arrived there with the Arabs in the ninth century and gave rise to the Mafia. Read by Francesca Dymond.
Sicily's rich tradition of citrus cultivation.
Citrus first arrived on the island in the ninth century, brought by the Arabs whose sophisticated irrigation systems made it viable there as a crop. The island is still renowned for the quality of its fruit, particularly the arancia rossa, the blood orange, hailed as the 'prince among oranges', which is grown in the shadow of Mount Etna.
Mixing travel writing, history and horticulture, author Helena Attlee takes a celebratory journey through Italy, exploring the special place that citrus holds in the Italian imagination.
Read by Francesca Dymond
Written by Helena Attlee
Abridged by Laurence Wareing
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron
First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2014.