A king at the court of the Sun King

The mystery of its origins

A close-up look at the legend

An ally in combatting cholesterol


In 2010, studies carried out by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cosenza led to the identification of two active principles in Bergamot juice which have the effect of inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the blood

P.D.O. status and protection by the Consortium

Cologne”, the product has been princi- pally used in the perfume and cosmetics industries. However, in recent times, Bergamot has also found increasing use in the pharmaceutical sector, thanks to its antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties. In 2001, a European Union decree awarded P.D.O. (protected designation of origin) status to “Bergamotto di Reggio Calabria – Olio essenziale”. This decree contains a se- ries of guidelines regarding the cultiva- tion of the fruit, the process of extracting the essential oil and its marketing. It also names the official body responsible for checking and certifying the quality and authenticity of the product. Indeed, a series of specific tests have to be carried out on the “Bergamotto di Reggio Cal- abria – Olio essenziale” before it can be formally certified and marketed.

Its medicinal properties provide a real cure-all

The Bergamot has a whole host of health-giving properties. Firstly, the juice contains a high quantity of Vitamins C, B1 and B2 and the albedo is rich in Vitamins A and E. Therefore, it has a therapeutic effect in cases of bone conditions caused by poor calcium absorp- tion, problems with dentition, connective tissue disease, muscle weakness or neuromuscular hy- perexcitability, anaemia caused by reduced iron absorption, hepato- biliar congestion, and conditions related to changes in vascular permeability.

  • Kind to the skin, and much else

    Because of its important antisep- tic, soothing and healing qualities, Bergamot essence is used to dis- infect the oral cavity and the parts of the face affected by pimples and acne, and to help rebalance oily skin with an excess of sebum.

  • It banishes stress

    During the cold, dark win- ter months, Bergamot essential oil can act as an excellent emotional tonic, evoking images of sunshine and clarity.

  • It combats problems with the bones and muscles

    Bergamot juice contains a large amount of Vitamins C, B1 and B2. In addition, the flavedo (the outer part of the skin in citrus fruits) is rich in Vitamins A and E.

  • It counteracts the formation of free radicals

    Bergamot also makes an impor- tant contribution with regard to the “healthiness” of the en- dothelium: the cell tissue that lines the inner surface of blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, as well as the heart chambers.

Its value in cooking

Even though, on the world stage, the Bergamot is mainly known for its use as an essential oil in the production of the very best perfumes, the fruit can also boast an illustrious gastronomic tradition. An example can be found in the menu for the “magro” (light) meal provided for Emperor Charles V in April 1538, when he visited Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggi on his journey to Rome.


Delicious, sophisticated recipes, with that special touch you can only achieve with Bergamotto di Reggio Calabria. A real joy for everyone at table!

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