- Essential Oils & Extracts
- Quality & Chemistry
Bergamot is pressed from the fruit which actually offers four common varieties of essential oils: Bergamot, Neroli (from the flowers which become the fruit), Petitgrain, from leaves and branches with unripe fruit, and "Neroli Petitgrain", the branches distilled when the flowers are in full-bloom. Citrus bergamia, also called Citrus aurant bergamia is native to the Mediterranean growing to 12 meters in height when uncultivated. Bergamot originates from a small coastal area of southern Calabria in Italy where the trees grow to their fullest. The tree has smooth oval leaves and produces small yellow fruit that is very bitter and thus, normally not eaten. Unable to be propagated by seed, Bergamot cuttings are often grafted onto other citrus tree rootstock such as lemon or bitter orange. This light greenish-yellow essential oil is cold-pressed from the outer peels of Bergamot orange fruit picked from trees Certified Organically grown in Italy. Bergamot can have a range of aromas and aromatic intensities. There are some that are produced from fruit that are not picked quite at the right time or perhaps have not had ideal rains and temperatures for the season -- this can result in oils that seem weak when sampled. Other finer oils can be more distinctly sweet and the finest are those that give you a true "sweet-tart" experience. This is the oil that we've been able to find, and it is one of our absolute favorites.