Sicily

CULTIVATIONS OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN

Sweet oranges are the most cultivated citrus fruit in the world thanks to their capacity to adjust themselves to different environmental conditions. Their presence dates back to an antique epoch in China and Indochina, where it is believed that the mutation of the bitter orange was generated. The Arabs brought oranges into Asia Minor,


Egypt, in North Africa and in Europe.
Bitter oranges and lemons were planted in Sicily during the Arabian domination (IX-XI century A.C.) in  so-called gardens, a term still used today, recalling the ornamental function citrus orchards initially had on the island. Orange orchards have represented the characteristic Sicilian landscape of the countryside ever since the second half of the 1800s and various varieties are grown.



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