NOTES: Citrus bergamia is highly valued by the creators of perfume for its fragrance. It is thought to be a cross between a lemon and bitter Seville orange. It flourishes near the Ionian Sea and Reggio di Calabria. The zest of organic bergamots is crushed together with the just ripening olives yield an oil that is aromatic and slightly bitter. Open a bottle and release the fragrance.
PAIRINGS: To finesse asparagus, finish quickly seared tuna, with shrimp and saffron rice, on a salad of cress, radicchio, and pomegranate arils, to scent a genoise or ricotta for filling cannoli.