Arancia Bionda del Gargano
Place of Origin
The coastal and sub-coastal territories north of the Gargano promontory, specifically the areas of Vico del Gargano, Ischitella and Rodi, situated north of Gargano, are known for their vast production of oranges and lemons. The area is in fact called 'Giardini di agrumi' – citrus gardens.
It is a fruit with a classic shape but smaller in size. It has a sweet taste and a distinctive aroma.
The quality and long duration (up to 40 days) of the Arancia Bionda del Gargano was already known in ancient times when it was exported to many European countries and America.
There are two varieties of this orange: the Arancia Bionda of the Gargano and Duretta of the Gargano.
The Arancia Bionda of Gargano has a spherical shape with a thin peel of yellow-golden colour. Inside is soft and yellow orange in colour. The period of maturation of this fruit is between the end of April-May and August. Its production does not exceed 30 tons a year.
The Duretta of the Gargano is oval round in shape with a pale orange peel. Inside is crisp and with no seeds. Its harvesting starts just before Christmas and lasts until April. Its production does not exceed 25 tons per year.
The Orange of the Gargano can be eaten fresh or squeezed. It can also be used for sweet and sour dishes, to make liqueurs, drinks and candied fruit.
In February takes place a local festival in honour of Valentine's Day, during which the town of Vico del Gargano is decorated with orange and lemon plants and fruits.
In the second week of May there is also the "Sagra degli agrumi" held in Rodi Garganico.