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 [...]
A tropical mirage on the Strait
The Annona is a fruit plant native to the Andean highlands of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Bolivia, and is almost unknown in Europe. Interestingly, however, this fruit, with its exquisite taste, has been consumed on Calabrian tables for over 200 years.
The region’s mild and favourable climate has [...]
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 [...]
The Bergamot of Reggio Calabria, the prince of citrus fruits
The origin of this miraculous citrus fruit is mysterious. Some say it comes from China, others from Pergamum in Ancient Greece. Then there are those trace it to Berga in Spain, brought over by Christopher Columbus who had discovered it in the Canary Islands. What is certain is that the most prized c [...]
The hot red chili pepper contest
It was not born here, but millennia ago in the lands of present-day Latin American where the Natives cultivated it for its taste and properties, which they had already began to recognize by observing its environment.
During the colonial period, the Spaniards discovered it and brought it to Europe [...]