While I was writing my last article I kept wondering about the bergamot-flavored olive oil I bought from Oliviers & Co. The scent and taste of bergamot is not foreign to me. I have smelled it in some perfumes and it is in Earl Grey tea, which I love.
I have wondered about bergamot before but quickly forgot about it. This time, though, it was in my face for a few hours. First, when I was examining each tin of olive oil before I staged them for their iPhone photo shoot. On the bergamot-flavored tin was a circular yellow thing. Was it a fruit? a nut? a ? I couldn’t tell.
Later I cropped the photo of the tins into separate photos of each tin, just in case I needed them. I found myself staring for quite a while at the circular yellow thing. What the heck is that?
When I was writing the article I got to the point of searching the Oliviers site for their recommended uses for the bergamot-flavored olive oil – nothing. That was odd. I bought the tin at a US store.
When the US Oliviers website search didn’t come up with anything, I went to the French Oliviers site and there it was. I assume bergamot isn’t a popular flavor in the US, mainly because we don’t know what it is.
Finally, after the tasting and writing were done I opened another tab in Google Chrome and searched. Here is the definition from the Google dictionary:
- An oily substance extracted from the rind of the fruit of a dwarf variety of the Seville orange tree. It is used in cosmetics and as flavoring in tea.
- The tree that bears this fruit.
- An aromatic North American herb of the mint family, grown for its bright flowers and traditionally used in American Indian medicine.
Here is the description from Wikipedia:
“Citrus bergamia, the Bergamot orange, is a fragrant fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow colour similar to a lemon. Genetic research into the ancestral origins of extant citrus cultivars matched the bergamot as a likely hybrid of Citrus limetta and Citrus aurantium. Citrus bergamot is a native hybrid of and commercially grown in Calabria, southern Italy, where more than 80% are found. It is also grown in southern France and in Côte d’Ivoire for the essential oil. The fruit is not grown for juice consumption.”
I also found out from clicking on the little speaker links that I’ve been pronouncing the word wrong. I have been saying ber-ga-mow and it is ber-ga-mott. Olive Crazy stands corrected.
Now we know – ber-ga-mowwwwwwwww (one last mispronunciation for old times sake).
May the sun shine through your branches.