Saffron has wielded legendary power through the centuries. Greek mythology states that the young Crocus bore an unapproved love for the nymph Smilace. As a result, the gods punished him, transforming him into a beautiful flower, Crocus sativus, the botanical name of a plant around 4 inches tall with threadlike leaves and scarlet pistils. The Atheni...

In this week’s edition of Cibo & Cinema, a look at olive harvesting in Calabria with one of my favorite short films- Luigi Di Gianni’s 1967 “Tempo di Raccolta,” which documents a day in the life of Calabrese women as they work in the olive groves of the region.  The simple yet stunning beauty of those majestic centuries-old trees, Di Gianni’s choic...

Sunshine, stone steps, and fig trees. As I walked down into the village, I was welcomed by several “Buongiorno Signorina” greetings from the windows.  “Did you sleep well?”"Did you see how beautiful the sea is this morning?" And smiles. Lots of smiles.The aroma of coffee swept through the lively square, and I stop as I hear the voices in the castle...

ANGELO PELLEGRINI, fond of wearing basil as a boutonniere, was fonder still of the Italian bean he called “monachine.” It grew like Jack’s beanstalk astride Northwest cedar poles and, like Pellegrini, aged well in its adopted country. He always ate them slowly, mashing each brown-and-white orb with the tines of his fork, swiped through a smear of o...

Today we will do a particular tour in one of the most important regions of the Peninsula, the Marche. A journey that will allow you to get to know and, why not, to taste one of the excellent products of the Marche viticulture: Verdicchio. Then follow us in this new adventure, and be ready to swirl your glasses, also because you will have a special...

Palatinum is the name of the extra virgin olive oil produced from the 200 olive trees growing on the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. The organic olive oil, described as superb and extremely pure, is produced on a non-commercial basis but will be available to taste during educational workshops in the future. Behind the project is Parco archeologico d...

An olive tree about one hundred years old has a chasm burned in the center of the trunk because of a lightning strike.  They call it “Fausto”, lucky, because it has returned to bear fruit thanks to five women from an anti-violence center, who participated in the ASPEm project - Social Agriculture for the Promotion of Empowerment of Women and Single...

The agri-food sector has shown greater resilience in international trade than other sectors, more affected by the restrictions and the consequent economic crisis. The 2019 Report on the foreign trade of agri-food products has been published, created by Crea Politiche and Bioeconomy. Now in its 28th edition, this year is enriched by an in-depth anal...

For years Italy has been, and still is, an undisputed point of reference in the processed tomato sector. According to Anicav (National Association of Canned Food Industry), Italy is in fact the third largest producer of tomatoes in the world after the United States and China. Italy’s production is 13% of the world’s and 53% of Europe’s, for a total...

The first data on Italy’s olive harvesting show a drop in production compared to last September. And this will negatively affect the production of Italian olive oil. According to the forecasts of Ismea and Unaprol, the olive production of the 2020 – 21 campaign should reach 255 thousand tons, with a drop of -30% over last year. The olive harvest wa...