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Orange, The Color of the Season


While every self respecting man, woman and child in Italy is wearing some shade of purple right now, I really can’t be bothered to keep up with fashion trends. I’m much more interested in the colors at the market, anyway. Now that we are in full fledged winter, Italy’s dominant produce color is orange. Mandarins, clementines, and blood oranges overflow the vendor’s stalls. Most of them are grown in Sicily, where citrus has been cultivated since the ninth century Arab conquest of the island. Around Palermo, qanats (an underground irrigation canal that taps deep water tables) dug more than 1,000 years ago still irrigate the orange plantations. Don’t miss the spremuta di Tarocco (blood orange juice) freshly squeezed at bars all over Italy.

2016-01-07T14:37:30+00:00 December 26th, 2009|Categories: Rome & Lazio, Sicily|4 Comments


  1. papa parla December 29, 2009 at 7:48 am - Reply

    hey kate,
    you should contact gaetano to do a story on blood oranges. he’s the largest exporter of blood oranges in Sicily. i can get his email from Shari.

    • Katie December 31, 2009 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      is he the one we met near catania?

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  3. shayma January 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    i always loved to eat those oranges which are for spremuta- everyone alw thought i was nuts, but why not? what’s better than a blood orange? ps i do love the violet hues everyone is wearing this winter, along w the citrus in the markets 🙂

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