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The Land Where Lemons Grow

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The Land Where Lemons Grow uses the colorful past of six different kinds of Italian citrus to tell an unexpected history of Italy, from the arrival of citrons in 2nd century Calabria, through Arab domination of Sicily in the 9th century, to slow food and cutting-edge genetic research in t...

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....the primitive violence of the Battle of Oranges, when the streets in Ivrea run with juice. She reveals the earliest manifestations of the Mafia among the lemon gardens outside Palermo, and traces the ongoing links between organised crime and the citrus industry. By combining ...

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"The land where lemons bloom". The author of this famous phrase, referring to Wolfang Goethe, is found in Wilhelm Meister where Mignon, daughter of the wandering musician, intones it to describe a fantastic and imaginary world, blue skies, marble statues and thunderous waterfalls...

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When Wilhelm asks her where this place is, she replies: "Italy! If you go to Italy, take me with you, I'm too cold here". The verses contain the meaning of what the English poet Robert Browning meant when he called our country "the land of the lands", and the American writer E. M...

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The lemon, according to the author of this recent book, is the last metaphor referring to Italy understood as "an object of desire for us chilly mortals on the other wrong side of the Alps". In Goethe's time, northern Europeans, the wealthy, used to create elegan...

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These places were the fantastic "Hesperides". The golden apples grew in the south where the ancient wisdom of farmers, cooks, perfumers, technicians and entrepreneurs placed the lemon trees together with the vineyards and olive groves, archetypes of Mediterranean fertility.

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Oranges, lemons, clementines and grapes are not native to these places. Lemons began to grow for the first time in the undergrowth of the Himalayan forest, oranges and lemons from the jungle of Burma and Assam, mandarins from China, of course, and grapefruit from the islands of M...

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The author of the book maintains and demonstrates that the Sicilian words such as "zagara", "senia" and "gebbia" derive directly from Arabic. At the time of the Muslim emirs and the Norman kings, the paradise gardens flourished full of oranges and lemons, whose scents were mixed,...

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Nowadays, unfortunately, things are different in that place that still bears the name of "Conca d'oro", the strip of fertile land that stretches between Palermo, the beach and the mountains. The writer refuses to go into the details of the notorious reality that is the modern cul...

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The Mafia, after all, was born in the Conca d'Oro, as an organization based on blackmail against farmers. There are countless killings in these fields of many farmers who had the courage to oppose blackmail, extortion and more. The bombings that the allied troops made in Palermo ...

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Attlee goes up the peninsula and stays in Liguria. She writes about a family of small owners who grow miniature lemons and hybrid creations such as the tangerine. Insects harmful to plants are kept away by means of bottled anchovies dipped in ammonia. In these places the chinotto...

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The author of the book knows the origins and the etymology of the word "lemon" well. It derives from the name that the ancient Romans gave to the border "limen". The Garda lemon is very acidic, with a very aromatic peel. Its story is told through the lens of the past, as did the ...

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In Calabria lemon growers have traveled even farther, favored by the Jews who believe that Moses, that's right, Moses, sent messengers to this region to collect proof of the perfect lemon, which in Hebrew is called "esrog ", fruit of the tree of God used to celebrate the festival...

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Attlee is an experienced gardener and has been working on this volume for over ten years. She decides to make a geographical journey on the peninsula by intertwining in her story facts related to the history of places and crops, with memories of travelers and lists of recipes on the subje...

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She describes the strange battle of oranges in Ivrea where there are no cultivation of the fruit, the noble and aristocratic Sicilian jams. She also talks about his lucky encounter with a Jew who comes to Diamante every year to reserve the lemons used during the Jewish festival of Sukkoth. For At...

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