BERGAMOT – Italy
Said to have been brought by explorers coming home to northern Italy, Bergamot is named after the Italian city of Bergamo in Lombardy. The small citrus plant is a subspecies of citrus aurantium, or bitter orange, and is often referred to as the orange’s tiny cousin. History has shown bergamot as a favorite supportive aid in Italy for centuries. Cold press of the nearly ripe fruit’s peel extracts the essential elements – almost 300 compounds in one essential oil – with sweet fruit scents and a slightly spicy undertone evoking balsamic notes.