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Francofonte – The palace with faces and oranges

Francofonte with its 11,600 inhabitants is located in the middle of the most important orange districts in Sicily. The highlight of this town is Cruyllas Palace with face decorations, each with a different expression.

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Out in the Sicilian Citrus fields

When I am out in the fields it is like paradise. You breath fresh air, look at all the hard work people do by hand and you are where we should be…in the nature. I feel free. This is one of my favourite part of my work, but also the most difficult. Regulary I visit all fields where fruits and vegetables grow to update with changes and varieties, all this then sent to buyers in Europe. With the producer we collect all information. For citrus it takes about three days and for vegetables approximately a week, from morning to evening, including writing the summary to buyers. Welcome to a small tour in the organic citrus fields; lemons, grapes and oranges.


N?r jag ?r ute p? f?lten ?r det som ett paradis. Du andas frisk luft, ser p? allt det h?rda arbete m?nniskorna g?r f?r hand och du ?r d?r vi borde vara … i naturen. Jag k?nner mig fri. Detta ?r en favorit del av mitt arbete, men ocks? den sv?raste. Regelbundet bes?ker jag alla omr?den d?r frukt och gr?nsaker v?xer f?r att uppdatera med f?r?ndringar och varianter, allt detta skickar jag till k?pare i Europa. Med producenten samlar vi all information. F?r citrus tar det ungef?r tre dagar och f?r gr?nsaker ungef?r en vecka, fr?n morgon till kv?ll, inklusive att skriva sammanfattningen till k?pare. V?lkommen till en liten turn? i de ekologiska citrusf?lten; citroner, grapefrukt och apelsiner.

Francofonte – Face Facade

Francofonte is a cosy mountain town just 30 minutes fron Catania, on the road towards Ragusa. It is called Francofonte, which means From the Source, because it was one of the few towns where the water was free and not taxed. In the center you can also find a very special building with many faces in the facade. Each face has a different expression. The town is also located in one of the orange districts in Sicily.


Francofonte ?r en mysig bergsstad bara 30 minuter fr?n Catania, p? v?gen mot Ragusa. Den kallas Francofonte, vilket betyder Fr?n K?llan, eftersom det var en av de f? st?der d?r vattnet var gratis och inte beskattades. I centrum kan du ocks? hitta en mycket speciell byggnad med m?nga ansikten i fasaden. Varje ansikte har olika uttryck. Staden ?r ocks? mitt i en utav Siciliens apelsindistrikt.


Pics of The Week: Visiting a orange field


Favorite season starts soon – Oranges


Season in some areas starts soon 🙂

Orange Fest in Centuripe

Sicilians love food so much that they celebrate each food. Yesterday we went to an orange fest in Centuripe to taste jams, cakes and much more made with oranges. Even the food buffets dishes had oranges as flavor. These fiests are very nice and here you find local artisan produce and you can buy directly from local companies. Of course you could by orange trees too.


Sicilianare ?lskar mat s? mycket att de firar varje livsmedel. Ig?r ?kte vi till en apelsinfest i Centuripe f?r att smaka p? marmelader, kakor och mycket mer gjort med apelsiner. ?ven buffens r?tter hade apelsin som smak. Dessa fester ?r mycket trevliga och h?r hittar du lokala hantverks produkter och du kan k?pa direkt fr?n lokala f?retag. Naturligtvis kan du k?pa apelsintr?d ocks?.

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This orange variety is called Tarocco and is my favorite orange of them all. It is a red orange in Sicily, but seen as a white orange in Europe. It has the perfect combination between the white and red orange.


Denna apelsinsort heter Tarocco och ?r min favorit apelsin av dem alla. Det ?r en r?d apelsin p? Sicilien, men ses som en vit apelsin i Europa. Den har den perfekta kombinationen mellan den vita och r?da apelsinen.

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View over Sicily’s fourth largest orange district

Hiking at Monte Turcisi and looking down at one of the Sicily’s four biggest citrus districts. It is about 45 km long and 15 km wide. Behind you see Etna, one contributor to best citrus products in the world.


Vandrar vid Monte Turcisi och tittar ner p? ett av Siciliens fyra st?rsta citrus distrikt. Det ?r ca 45 km l?ngt och 15 km brett. Bakom ser du Etna, en bidragande orsak till de b?sta citrusprodukterna i v?rlden.
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Sicilian Tarocco Oranges

Walking in the sicilian orange farms is like walking in a forest of gold trees. I love this time of year in Sicily when the citrus districts are filled with orange and yellow balls.


Att g? i de sicilianska apelsin farmarna ?r som att g? i en skog av guld. Jag ?lskar denna tid av ?ret d? citrus distrikten ?r fulla utav orange och gula bollar.
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