Sicily

CULTIVATIONS OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN

Antiquely originating from  mixing a pomelo with a sweet orange,  it is one of the most quenching fruits. Its size is large, each single fruit can weigh an average of 200 to 500 grams and have a diameter of twelve-fifteen centimetres; it is round and slightly flattened on the top and bottom. Its skin, smooth or a little wrinkled, is rich in essential oils and the inside is covered by a thick white film, the mesocarp,


layer, which protects its juicy and tender flesh that has a tart and slightly bitter taste. Grapefruits were brought into Sicily in the post-war period by the Americans. It is told that this fruit was discovered in 1750, probably in the Barbados or the Bahamas. It belongs to the Rutaceae family and the Citrus genus and is grown in orchards in Piana di Catania and Conca d’Oro. It was used only as an ornamental plant in Europe until the first half of the 1900s.



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