Bronte and its pistachio on the slopes of mount Etna
Bronte is a small town in the metropolitan city of Catania, in Sicily, in the southern of Italy.
It is located on a marvelous and scenic valley. Looking east, you find yourself mesmerized by the magnificence of the Mount Etna, looking north, you are fascinated by the stunning Nebrodi mountains. Bronte is also known as the Pistachio’s City. The “Green Gold of Bronte”, as it is often called, is a variety of pistachio which has unique organoleptic properties.
The economy of the little town of Bronte revolves around the cultivation and transformation of pistachio, which represents the most important source of income. The “Green Gold of Bronte” moves a huge market of 20 million per year, and the pistachio’s producers in Bronte are around 1000. The pistachio cultivated in the amazing territory of Bronte, situated at an elevation of 400 to 900 m above the sea level, represents 1% of the world pistachio production. The Bronte pistachio grows in a Mediterranean climate, under the Sicilian sun, on trees that have their roots in a unique territory: that of the Etna volcano.
PDO Pistachio from Bronte
The Bronte pistachio grows in a Mediterranean climate, under the Sicilian sun, on trees that have their roots in a unique territory: that of the Etna volcano. For this reason, the European Union has recognized the PDO mark, certifying the link of the Bronte Green Pistachio with the production and processing area. PDO mark with the Bronte PDO Green Pistachio Protection Consortium (the latter specifically set up to enhance the product) inform consumers and encourage technological innovation, to improve the quality of production, while respecting the territory.
The bright and vivid emerald-green, the thin peel with its intense purple shades, the thin and elongated shape: these are the three features of Green Pistachio from Bronte. But to recognize it you can not only rely on its external characteristics. Indeed, Pistachio from Bronte has a delicate fragrance and an unmistakable flavor which can be appreciated only by tasting it.