In the south of Italy on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, lies the Riviera del Cedri, where the cedro (English name: citron) has been cultivated since Third Century BC due to its warm temperatures even in the winter months. The citron is one of the four original citrus fruits and although it looks very similar to a lemon, it’s actually quite different.
The citron tree, blooms throughout the year but it is harvested in mid-October to early December. Rich in vitamins and minerals, this fruit is rarely eaten freshly plucked from the tree. It’s usually used to create candied fruits, traditional desserts, marmalades, flavoured carbon drinks or digestive liquors. Due to its magnificent fragrance, its essence is commonly used in shower gels, body lotions and household fresheners.
During the whole month of October, the town of Santa Maria del Cedro celebrates the harvest with a big festival including music, gastronomical delights and culture exhibitions.