In the bergamot groves of Calabria citrus oil is harvested for use in perfume and Earl Grey tea. Read by Francesca Dymond.
A journey to Calabria, in the deep south of Italy, to discover one of the rarest and most precious of citrus fruits: the bergamot.
Bergamot is the product of a natural cross-pollination between a lemon tree and a sour orange that occurred in Calabria in the mid-seventeenth century. It's very particular about its environment and fruits successfully only on a thin strip of land that runs for seventy-five kilometres from the Tyrrhenian coast to the shores of the Ionian Sea.
Mixing travel writing, history and horticulture, Helena Attlee's celebratory journey through Italy explores 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.
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