100 ml / 3.4 fl oz:
October, 1175, Calabria, Italy.
In Medieval Calabria, a family gathers to celebrate a good harvest. Within a cabin built of Palm leaves and other woody branches, an aromatic bounty is presented. The citrusy scent of the Etrog citron, a regional specialty, brightens the air, while bracing Myrtle and lush Date Fruit envelope the sweet warmth of the Mediterranean night.
Calabrese Cedrat, Myrtle, Date Fruit, Vetiver
Developed with Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier
A bright Mediterranean fragrance celebrating the historic harvest of crisp Calabrian Citron.
Refreshing, bracing & elegant.
Large 100 ml / 3.4 fl oz. bottle of the highest Italian quality with our signature ‘A’ engraved metal cap, as well as the newest technology for an invisible spray tube.
- This story of the Calabrian Etrog citron illustrates the often overlooked part religion plays in transforming the landscape. While citrus is associated with areas of Mediterranean climate, it is practically a newcomer to the Mediterranean itself and was introduced there through what is today the least familiar member of the species – the citron or Citrus medica. This fruit was the first of its genus to be cultivated intensively in the Fertile Crescent of the ancient Near East. It owed its distribution into the Roman Mediterranean to the Greeks, Arabs and the Jews, for whom the citron had become an object essential for the celebration of Sukkot.
- During the First Crusade, Southern Italy fell to the Normans, which encouraged Calabrian Jews to engage in the agricultural trades. By the 12th century, the communities were thriving. Since then, the harvest of the Diamante Citron or Etrog has remained a regional tradition.
- There are religious interpretations that relate the Etrog to the Garden of Eden. The fragrance is said to be the “Fragrance of Heaven”, and the Etrog itself is associated with righteousness, goodness and desirability.
- The brisk character of Myrtle marries with leafy nuances emulating the freshly opened fronds of palm trees. An unexpected mouthwatering accent follows, with Smyrna Date fruit and elegant Cedar wood from Lebanon.
– Isaac, Erich, Influence of religion on the spread of citrus: The religious practices of the Jews helped effect the introduction of citrus to Mediterranean lands, Science Magazine, #129, published in January 1959.
– Binyamin da Tudela, Libro dei viaggi (Sefer massa’ot),a cura di Laura Minervini, Palermo, Flaccovio 1989, page 132.
– Colafemmina, C., Hebrew Inscriptions of the Early Medieval Period in Southern Italy, in The Jews of Italy, Memory and Identity, pp. 65-81
– Freimann, A., Jewish Scribes in Medieval Italy, Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume, New York, 1950, pp. 248-321