Until 60 years ago, the plain surrounding Palermo was one big garden. Citrus groves reached up to the spurs of the mountains that hemmed the Conca d’Oro, the golden basin, and the fertile soil was retained by dry-stone walls. These days, the cultivated land has been reduced by 80% and the fertile soil cemented over, and the building continues, with great risks of hydrogeological instability. In the 1940s, in Ciaculli, a spontaneous mutation of the Avana mandarin produced this late season variety. With very few seeds, incredibly sweet, juicy pulp and thin skin, it spread rapidly among the local growers.
Harvested from January to March and processed into juices and jams available year-round.
Rural areas around Palermo
Presidium supported by
Palermo Province, Sicilian Regional Department of Agriculture and Forestry
corso dei Mille, 1788
tel. +39 091 6304260-339 2614123