A region full of unique aromas and flavours
Only a few products are enough to signal that you are in Reggio Calabria: first of all, the bergamot, which brings together master perfumers, innovators, and traditionalists of beauty, as well as ancient and new health remedies; there, is the San Giuseppe oranges and the sweet Annona, which is often served as if it were a dessert in a cup, only completely natural.
Then there is the chili pepper, whose image has come to represent the region’s cuisine over the centuries; artisan ice cream, which is a tradition of the warm seasons, up to the cultivation of olive trees for olive oil. Last but not least, there is honey, stockfish (in this land called “stocco”), the Calabrian pecorino, and Nduja which is the undisputed symbol of Calabrian gastronomy.
Strong flavours and “temperaments” that are conquering even the rest of Italy.
Reggio Calabria, the capital of artisan ice cream
The artisan ice cream in Reggio Calabria is nothing short of an art. The numerous ice cream shops around the city, specifically in the historic centre and on the waterfront, many of which have been awarded national prizes (the first prize for artisan ice cream in 2018 went to Reggio), offer an excep [...]
Honey, a nationally recognized excellence
Calabria has a long history in the world of beekeeping, without a doubt due to the uncontaminated environment in which bees can find varied and rich vegetation. Not surprisingly, the Italian record for honey production is entirely Calabrian.
Olive oil, Reggio Calabria’s precious yellow gold
The olive tree, a typical Mediterranean plant, has a documented presence in Calabria since the 8th-7th century BC, when the Greeks imported it from Asia Minor. However, the ancient Romans spread the oil crops in a capillary and perpetual manner. Thanks to this incredible and millenary experience, th [...]
Dried stockfish, stokkfisk in Norwegian, has found its perfect location in Mammola, a small, yet charming village in the province of Reggio Calabria. It is precisely in the hinterland of Reggio Calabria that expert artisans can transform imported stockfish from the Nordic countries into a valuable f [...]
Sweet citrus fruits from Reggio: the oranges of San Giuseppe
It is known that in Reggio the bergamot plays the undisputed role of the king of citrus fruits; however, besides this delicacy with multiple uses, there are also other golden fruits typical of the area: the oranges of San Giuseppe.
Fishing for swordfish has ancient origins that date back to the second century BC: we learn about it from some Greek historians, such as Polibio, who, fascinated by this type of fishing, accurately describe the technique.
There is also a legend that describes that when Achilles died, his warriors [...]