In a country where water is a precious gift, gardens are almost always cultivated with plants that are edible or useful to man. Anna and Fabrizia have long been researching species of rare aromatic herbs and fruit trees facing possible extinction, and the beautiful gardens at Case Vecchie are the culmination of this research. From a kitchen garden bursting with flowers, ancient roses, and herbs, to an extensive vegetable garden and an orchard of endangered fruit trees, the grounds inspire and sustain our kitchen throughout the year.   Take a wander through the sweet-smelling paths, and you can see plants that have nearly vanished: from the giuggiole (a sweet, olive-shaped brown fruit) to our carob pods, this is a land intimately connected to the traditional flavours of Sicilian cuisines. The garden is based on organic principles, grown without the use of chemicals or artificial fertilizers.


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