Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Agricultural products introduced in Sicily by the Saracens (Arabs)

The Saracens introduced a variety of agricultural products superior to any they found on Sicily or elsewhere in Europe:
  • an olive tree (still called la saracena) which gives a richer, heavier oil than the Greek olive
  • the lemon tree
  • the orange tree
  • the mulberry tree
  • the silk worm
  • the date
  • the pistachio
  • the carob
  • and the fig
  • cotton
  • sugar cane
  • zibibbo grape

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