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Organic Bergamot

Orteat’s Organic Bergamot

The bergamot is harvested for October onwards. In its early stages it shows an intense green color, which then turns into a more yellowish color, becoming fully juicy in January.

Delicious, fresh and also with curative properties: our bergamots are great for cooking, in the preparation of cakes, jams and liqueurs. By being rich in vitamin C, they also help prevent both high cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases. This is why the bergamot is considered the ultimate healthy citrus fruit.

The fruit of the bergamot tree is known as hesperidium: it has a spherical shape with flattened poles, it is medium-sized and its skin is yellow. Its origins are as ancient as uncertain: according to some sources the plant comes from Eastern areas, while according to others it’s either originally from the Canary Islands or from Calabria. At present, the global cultivation of bergamot takes place in the Italian province of Reggio Calabria, along the Ionian coastal seaside. It is here, in the Locride area, that thanks to the sun exposure, the alluvial land and the microclimate, an optimal and favorable production of bergamot is grown. The cultivated area is in fact well sheltered from the wind coming from the surrounding hills and there about 300 days of sunshine per year.

Regarding the plant type, there are three different cultivars of bergamot:

- ‘Castagnaro’: this is the most rustic and wind-resistant cultivar. The tree produces irregular fruits in both shape and size, with a fair quality and yield of the bergamot essence.

- ‘Fantastico’: this variety is characterized by large and regular yields, characterized by a high essence quality. This plant is large and vigorous.

- ‘Femminello’: characterized by lower vigor and by an expanded foliage, this plant produces regular fruits both in shape and size, characterized by a thin skin with a high quality of essential bergamot oil. This plant is more delicate and has a lower adaptation level compared to other varieties.


Properties and nutritional values

Excellent as a natural antioxidant, bergamot consists of about 80% of water, citric acid, sugars (fructose, glucose, sucrose), proteins, dietary fibers and vitamin C. The dominant minerals are sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Ten drops of bergamot essential oil, have about 40 kcal.

Benefits

Organic bergamots, just like the rest of citrus fruit, are particularly effective in reducing LDL bad cholesterol, increasing the values of "good" cholesterol and fighting high glycemia. The benefits of this crop are even more:

  • Antiseptic, healing and soothing properties: bergamot oil is used for skin inflammation such as acne, or insect bites.

  • Vitamin content: thanks to the presence of Vitamin C, organic bergamots are also useful in bone disorders caused by altered calcium absorption.

  • Antidepressant: bergamot oil is a sleeping aid and helps to eliminate psychological disorders, by helping to find again serenity and peace with only few drops.

  • Help to the respiratory tract:thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial action, bergamot oil can also be used in suffusions, together with bicarbonate, especially in case of colds and inflammations, to disinfect and eliminate viruses and bacteria.

Conservation and use

Untreated bergamots are excellent for cooking and can be used in many different ways. From freshly squeezed juices (also mixed with Navel Oranges) to the preparation of cakes, candied fruit and jams, but also in the preparation of liqueurs thanks to their scented peel, these citrus fruit are also excellent for flavoring you teas and infusions as they are perfect substitutes of lemons.

Our organic bergamots are not even treated after harvesting (no waxes or anti-mold are used, which give a better appearance and increase the shelf life). The harvest takes place the same day of shipping your order: this is why our bergamots are not only genuine, but are also very fresh.

The cultivation takes place in open fields, following merely organic farming practices. Thanks to the absence of post-harvesting treatments, you can use their peel, which is rich in essential oils, to flavor many dishes or to prepare liqueurs. Our untreated bergamots, thanks to their freshness, last for several weeks after they have been harvested. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the how you store them; they must be stored in a dry and cool place, such as the balcony or the terrace, and far away from the direct contact with sun rays.

Customer service

We are available for any information on our untreated bergamots, or if you want to find out more about our products. You can contact us by email at info@orteat.com or by phone (including on WhatsApp) at 392.2012933.


General information

Variety: BergamotPeriod of
harvesting: from OctoberSize
: medium/smallFarmer
: Azienda Agricola Locroi


About the farmer

Domenico giuseppe luca

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Bergamot production in Calabria

The gold of Calabria: it has always been a treasure to be protected, the symbol of a land and of its essence. For years, the production of bergamots has been unjustly exploited by large industries and multinationals that tried to maximize their profits, without ...

Organic Bergamot

24,00 €

1 item- 5 kg

Organic Bergamot

24,00€

1 item - 5 kg

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Orteat follows the course of nature and respects it. We don't like to import products from other countries, and we don't like using artificial techniques to extend their seasonality. Each product grows and matures at a given time of the year. If you can't wait to eat organic bergamot, the harvest will be in available from october

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive this product?

Products are shipped early in the week to ensure freshness and quality. You can read the estimated delivery date for each product within its tab.

What if there are problems with my order?

You can contact us for any need related to your order, as well as any other information, via email at info@orteat.com or by phone (including on WhatsApp) at 392.2012933.

What happens if I'm not home?

We will notify you to indicate when the courier will deliver our products, but if however you should not be at home, you will be contacted to arrange a second delivery.

I ordered 2 products but only received 1

To ensure a short supply chain, products are shipped directly from our farmers. This means that if you have purchased from different producers you will receive different shipments.

Can I change my delivery address?

Certainly, you can do it from your personal area, where you will find a summary of your data including the delivery address. However, the change does not apply to shipments on delivery.

How can I track the shipment

In the email that we sent you upon confirmation of shipment you will find all the references necessary to easily track the shipment and understand when it will be delivered.

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