From Calabria to Europe: the rise of bergamot

Dalla Calabria all'Europa: l'ascesa del bergamotto

A versatile fruit in the kitchen but also in the pharmaceutical field

The Quattrone farm is located in Reggio Calabria (Italy). Specialized, for over 40 years, in the cultivation of bergamot (D.O.P.)

Our work is based on Organic Agriculture, cultivation that allows only the use of natural substances, that is present in nature, excluding the use of synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides in general).

In full respect of nature, therefore, within a development model that can last in time.

It is tradition in time, pure passion and bond with our land.

The company has 4.5 hectares: 25% of production is destined to the fresh market, the remaining percentage to the processing industry. 

The bergamot of the Società Agricola Quattrone is harvested from the end of September/beginning of October to the beginning of February.

The initial prospects for the coming seasons are promising and, considering all the variables, will reach a total volume higher than that of previous years.

What awaits us for the coming seasons

The two vintages prior to that of this year had been characterized by limited volumes and also by on average smaller sizes than usual.
Until this moment of the new season, however, we can say that the productive performances are back to those of three or four seasons ago.
The current harvests, moreover, are yielding very high quality fruits (internal and external). In the 4 hectares of the company, the breaks began at the beginning of October, waiting for the achievement of the right caliber and the right quality parameters. 

Now with the commitment and dedication that have marked the Quattrone company in the last 40 years, we can only hope for an even more constant growth for the future.

All the qualities of bergamot

Bergamot juice is used in cooking to prepare fresh and dry pastries, sweets, candied fruit, ice cream and sorbets. It is also used to create soft drinks, cocktails, tea and liqueurs.

It produces anti-stress effects and regulates the well-being of the person in addition to releasing melatonin naturally.

More recently, thanks to extensive studies, active ingredients have been isolated that can only be found in bergamot juice. It has been found that the active ingredients prevent the production of cholesterol in the blood, reducing the level of total cholesterol, triglycerides and carbohydrates, providing beneficial effects also in the fight against diabetes.

The essence of bergamot is used in the pharmaceutical industry for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. In addition, in surgical sepsis, dentistry, ophthalmology, gynecology, dermatology, so as to be included in different countries pharmacopoeias.

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