It seems that the tiny strawberries grown in this area near Agrigento are descended from plants brought to Sicily by veterans returning from the Great War. Sicilian soldiers must have collected wild plants from the undergrowth of some Alpine forest, then planted them in the fertile Sicilian soil. The wild strawberries survived and acclimatized well, evolving into a local ecotype that has spread around the Verdura Valley. Aromatic and highly scented, the tiny spherical berries are bright red in color. The Ribera wild strawberries have a relatively brief harvest season and can only be found fresh on the local market.
The strawberries are picked from early April until the end of May
Sciacca, Ribera, Caltabellotta and Menfi Municipalities, Agrigento Province
Associazione La Dea del Profumo
Via Filippo Turati, 24
Tel. +39 327 9381030
The strawberries are turned into jam by:
Tel. +39 0925 63297