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February 12th 2021
Published: February 12th 2021
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Bitter orange tree in La SpeziaBitter orange tree in La SpeziaBitter orange tree in La Spezia

There are usually lines of them
I see bitter orange trees all over Liguria and they are delightful.

Bitter orange trees originally came from South East Asia, through Oman, Persia and Egypt.

They arrived in 1000AC on the coasts of the Arabian Mediterranean Sea (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon.)

In the course of the crusades, the French and Genoese loaded it on to their ships and brought it home to garnish their gardens.

The bitter orange tree then arrived in Liguria and Provence, and as a result the areas grew prosperous. The citrus groves on the Ligurian west coast were called 'The Ligurian Gardens of the Hesperides'

Now there are many bitter orange trees placed between Sanremo and Ventimiglia.


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