Sicily is a land of flavors, myths, legends and stories, of folk beliefs and sayings that tell an anecdote or reveal the intrinsic character of its inhabitants. From this millenary culture come sweets and first courses, fragrances and flavors that still remain known and hidden treasures, testimony to the worlds and thousand faces of Sicily. Fruits...

In the first nine months of 2022 italian agrifood export registered a growth of 10.9 percent. In 2021 it had already registered an increase of +18.2% over 2020, reaching a value of $6.5 billion (of which $2.3 in wine alone). The sector alone generates more than 10 percent of the value of our exports to the U.S., with a very positive impact on small...

Tomato-based products are an excellence of the Italian food industry. In fact, Italy is not only the third largest processor in the world after the U.S. and China but also the leading processor of tomatoes by-products for final consumption with a 14.8 percent share worldwide and 56.5 percent in Europe, amounting to a turnover of €4 billion. These n...

Italy has some of the oldest surviving olive trees in the world (some of them have been going strong for an estimated 3000-4000 years), but olive oil has been around for much longer than this, since at least 4,000 BC. It was initially the ancient Greeks who dominated olive oil production, with olive trees first introduced into southern Italy around...

If the current sales growth trend is maintained, Italian food exports will exceed 60 billion euros in 2022, reaching yet another all-time high. This is according to an analysis by the association of Italian farmers, Coldiretti, based on Istat data on foreign trade in the first eight months of 2022. Export sales are up +20 percent compared to the sa...

“Tuscany” and “wine” are almost synonymous at times, and in the collective imagination, it’s usually Chianti that springs to mind first. But up north, near the Ligurian border, winemaking traditions in the province of Lucca have been documented since at least the 15th century. Workers have been cultivating and collecting grapes since even before th...

Mississippi State University and Italy’s University of Salento leaders are celebrating new collaborations aimed at utilizing smart technologies to advance sustainable agriculture. MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw and University of Salento Rector Fabio Pollice signed a memorandum of understanding this week in Italy promoting oppor...

Of course, Italian food is iconic. Pasta, pizza, pesto, wine, cheese — we could go on and on. But there is one vegetable that grows across the peninsula that the Italians absolutely love: artichokes. According to Atlas Big, worldwide artichoke production totals 1,594,385 metric tons per year. Of the three countries that grow the most artichokes, It...

It has been another unnerving year in the vineyards of Italy, the current world leader in wine production. The River Po has struggled to remain wet. A glacier collapsed in the Dolomites. The Italian government declared last summer that drought had produced a state of emergency in five northern regions, citing climate change as a culprit. In 2021, e...

Here in the province of Vicenza, it is vendemmia, or grape harvest in Italy as a whole. It depends on the regions and. the grape variety to be harvested but we can say that September and October really mark the months of vendemmia. There are areas where the harvest begins in mid-August and will end in mid-October or even beyond. But what I want to...