I have many wonderful memories of my childhood, including my great interest in the many stages of our wheat crop near our home in South Calabria in the Province of Cosenza. I was always beside my nonno when he was busy plowing the soil by hand, getting ready to plant the “winter wheat.” He always bought the best disease-free wheat seeds to ensure a...

Italian agriculture could be close to a turning point, thanks to genetic engineering. This would make fruit and vegetables more resistant to drought or parasites, saving our insecticide and fungicide campaigns. “To date,” highlights CNR biotechnologist Roberto Defez, “Italy imports 10 thousand tons of genetically modified soybeans every day, with a...

Ranking third among the Campania region’s Pdo denominations, the San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino tomato is one of the world’s best-known and best-loved food products for its characteristics, which are enhanced by processing it into peeled tomatoes. USA, THE TOP CONSUMER COUNTRYProduction volumes of San Marzano tomato stand at 20,000 thousand...

Among the olive groves and vineyards of sun-drenched Southern Italy, you can find a touch of the New World and, no, I’m not talking about tomatoes… Amid warm, rocky terrains, adorned by the sun’s brilliant touch, we find a plant that seems oddly out of place: the prickly pear.  This intriguing botanical transplant, known in Italian as fico d’India,...

Rosolino Palazzolo, a 44-year-old Sicilian farmer, has just finished picking the first pitanga (Surinam cherry) and acerola (Barbados cherry) on his farm in a tiny village called Terrasini, close to Palermo. He looks at the bright cherries in his hand, smiling proudly. These fruits would normally be found growing along the equator but, in the past...

Tomatoes are the heart and soul of Italian cuisine. With its deep red color and luscious, succulent sweetness, biting into one of these beauties is unlike any experience you ever had. Originally hailing from Latin America, the tomato found its perfect home in the sunny southern regions of Italy during the 15th century. Italians quickly adopted this...

Here at Better Homes & Gardens, we’re such huge fans of all things Italian food (call us, Stanley Tucci!) that it’s pretty close to impossible to find a pizza or pasta recipe we don’t immediately swoon over. That said, some fast-casual and delivery renditions, or even some restaurant or homemade recipes, can lack a bit of fresh flair. Since one of...

These are agriturismi, which I learnt about on my first meeting with Paola, years ago in Milan. She explained that agriturismo (agritourism) was a working farm with accommodation and dining. According to the government-operated Agriturismo Italia, there are now over 20,000 agriturismo across Italy. Initiated by farmers after the second world war to...

Armani has chosen World Environment Day to announce the start of the Apulia Regenerative Cotton Project, an initiative aimed at reintroducing cotton cultivation in the region of Puglia, in southern Italy, using an environmentally friendly agroforestry system. To launch this experimental initiative, the Italian fashion group has partnered with the S...

The Sustainable Vertical Farming research project was launched in 2022 at the University of Bologna, together with the collaboration of the Universities of Naples, Turin, and Pauda. This project is coordinated by Prof. Francesco Orsini of the Department of Agri-Food Sciences and Technologies (DISTAL). With it, the research institutions want to addr...