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Athena’s Gift, Part II

There are 55 million of them in Puglia. Maybe as many as 60 million.  Almost one for every Italian.  Not vines, but olive trees.  The highest concentration in the world. The olive tree grew here in prehistoric times but the … Continue reading

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Athena’s Gift, Part I

Whenever there’s talk about the 100-mile diet, I always say, sure, I’m all for it – as long as  within that 100-mile radius two things can be grown – vitas vinifera and olives. Whether I toss olive oil with aceto balsamico invecchiato (aged balsamic … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Exist!

As much as I craved the sea, there were a couple of things that now and then lured me away from Puglia’s spectacular coastline. The chance to visit a garden was one of those things.  Especially in a place like … Continue reading

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The Lemon Grove – A Good Place to Start

Il Limoneto is an agriturismo an hour’s drive south of  Fontanarossa – ‘Red Fountain’ – the airport halfway down Sicily’s east coast, which was presumably named in honour of, or perhaps in a feeble attempt to placate Etna nearby. I could have stayed at … Continue reading

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