Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Apr 292012

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The tree that bears this fruit.
  3. 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.


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