CALABRIA, THE SOUTHERNMOST REGION OF the Italian peninsula, is the birthplace of some of the world’s most well-known myths, such as the terrifying tale of Scylla and Charybdis immortalized in the Odyssey. Yet one local curiosity remains in obscurity. Wander through the gardens of Calabrian churches or abandoned farmland in late autumn or early wint...

Starlight, a company within the NextEnergy Group focused on renewable asset development globally, iinitiated an innovative agri-eco-voltaics project in Italy called Land of the Sun. Agri-eco-voltaics is the process of combining solar photovoltaic systems with modern day, sustainable agriculture and territorial requalification. It has the potential...

There is a wide variety of canned tomatoes available to us at the grocery store. Some are diced, others pureed, while whole peeled tomatoes remain a favorite among chefs and home cooks. Both San Marzano and Roma tomatoes are among the most common types used for canning. So what is the difference between these two tomatoes? Well, the first thing to...

Generally, a vertical farm is a building that houses an entire agri-food chain: production, transformation, sale and human consumption. However, in most cases, vertical farms are defined as buildings that only accommodate production and transformation, which follow the principles of mass production lines: the aim of the structures, in fact, is to p...

Sicily is a land of flavors, myths, legends and stories, of folk beliefs and sayings that tell an anecdote or reveal the intrinsic character of its inhabitants. From this millenary culture come sweets and first courses, fragrances and flavors that still remain known and hidden treasures, testimony to the worlds and thousand faces of Sicily. Fruits...

In the first nine months of 2022 italian agrifood export registered a growth of 10.9 percent. In 2021 it had already registered an increase of +18.2% over 2020, reaching a value of $6.5 billion (of which $2.3 in wine alone). The sector alone generates more than 10 percent of the value of our exports to the U.S., with a very positive impact on small...

Tomato-based products are an excellence of the Italian food industry. In fact, Italy is not only the third largest processor in the world after the U.S. and China but also the leading processor of tomatoes by-products for final consumption with a 14.8 percent share worldwide and 56.5 percent in Europe, amounting to a turnover of €4 billion. These n...

Italy has some of the oldest surviving olive trees in the world (some of them have been going strong for an estimated 3000-4000 years), but olive oil has been around for much longer than this, since at least 4,000 BC. It was initially the ancient Greeks who dominated olive oil production, with olive trees first introduced into southern Italy around...

If the current sales growth trend is maintained, Italian food exports will exceed 60 billion euros in 2022, reaching yet another all-time high. This is according to an analysis by the association of Italian farmers, Coldiretti, based on Istat data on foreign trade in the first eight months of 2022. Export sales are up +20 percent compared to the sa...

“Tuscany” and “wine” are almost synonymous at times, and in the collective imagination, it’s usually Chianti that springs to mind first. But up north, near the Ligurian border, winemaking traditions in the province of Lucca have been documented since at least the 15th century. Workers have been cultivating and collecting grapes since even before th...