When the MarcaGel team started exploring the new flavours and taste trends of artisan gelato for 2020, one of the first choices was to focus on citrus fruits. Mandarin, bergamot, orange and lemon have become part of consumer habits, with the delicate freshness of their distinctive tastes. But one was missing: chinotto, the most Italian and characteristic of fruits, so Italian indeed as to keep its name in German, English and French.
Like nearly all citrus fruits, chinotto probably originates in China, and was imported into Italy between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century by a navigator from Savona. Five centuries of patient selection work have created a plant that produces small fruits with unique sensorial characteristics for its flavour intensity and fragrance.
Chinotto is considered a fruit rich in beneficial properties, and is excellent for good digestion. Phytotherapeutic extracts are extracted that are also good for preventing and curing insomnia.