A bergamot is a cross between an orange and a lime, at least according to one theory, and it’s their fragrant zest that adds a citrusy ping to Earl Grey tea and perfumes. Nearly all are grown in Calabria in southern Italy.
Some bergamots make their way to Lorraine to flavour little square sweets called bergamotes de Nancy, invented in 1857 by confiseur Jean Frédéric Godefroy Lillich. Today they are designated IGP.
Images by Claude Truong-Ngoc, Jacopo Werther