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Episode 5

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.

Reader ... Francesca Dymond

Writer ... Helena Attlee

Abridger ... Laurence Wareing

Producer ... Kirsteen Cameron.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Sat 26 Apr 2014 00:30


Role Contributor
ReaderFrancesca Dymond
ProducerKirsteen Cameron
AbridgerLaurence Wareing
WriterHelena Attlee

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