Bergamot is prized for its oil it produces that has long been used in perfumes and tea. Now its popularity is soaring, thanks to a growing use in things like food and juices. Photo: Shutterstock

Bergamot: from perfume, oil and tea to food and juices, how the fruit’s growing popularity is reviving one of Italy’s poorest regions

  • Long exported worldwide to make perfumes and cosmetics, bergamot oil is finding new markets in confectionery, juices, cuisine and pharmaceuticals
  • Exports to Asian countries have grown at more than 10 per cent a year over the last five years, reviving Italy’s Calabria region, where it is mostly grown
Topic |   Food and Drinks
Bergamot is prized for its oil it produces that has long been used in perfumes and tea. Now its popularity is soaring, thanks to a growing use in things like food and juices. Photo: Shutterstock
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