Although a native of tropical Asia, Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is now extensively cultivated in the Southern part of Italy, particularly in the Calabria region. It also takes its name from an Italian city, Bergamot in Lombardy, where the essential oil was originally sold. The Italians have used Bergamot in folk medicine for years, particularly for treatment and relief from fevers.

Bergamot is translated as “The Lord’s pear” in Turkish, but the name as we know it now came from the Italian region Bergamo in Lombardy.