Bergamots can be found in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and other Mediterranean countries. Bergamot originated in Asia and is a small tree with long, oval green leaves with white flowers, which blossom during the spring. The bergamot bears a small fruit which matures early January and is about the size of an orange but it’s shape is between an orange and a big lemon and it’s colour looks more like an orange.

The fruit is not edible but an essential oil is extracted from the aromatic peel of this sour fruit and is used to flavour confectionery.We also make marmalade with its peel as well as liqueur.Your can also use its zest in cakes and cookies.The spoon sweet is ideal for eating it as it is or on top of tarts or creams.When the spoon sweet is eaten the syrup is ideal for wetting sponges, or lady fingers, to use as a base for desserts.

I did not want the bergamot zest to be wasted so some of it was placed in ice cubes and freezed to be used in caked and the remaining was used to make a bergamot liqueur.

You can follow the same procedure as for the orange liqueur I made recently.

Other citrus spoon sweets you can make with the same procedure are oranges, bitter oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

If you liked this see other relevant posts:

Glyko Kerassi (Cherry Spoon Sweet)
Glyko Karpouzi (Water Melon)
Glyko Nerantzi (Bitter oranges)
Glyko Vyssino (Sour cherries)
Glyko Karydaki (green immature walnuts)

Glyko Kydoni me amygdala (Quince with almonds)
Glyko Kydoni me kastana (Quince with chestnuts)
Glyko Milo (Apples)

also

About Spoon sweets
How can we tell if the syrup is ready?
How to fix spoon sweets

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  1. Ο/Η Bellini Valli λέει:

    Wonderful on all accounts Ivy. It seemed that when I was in Greece we were often given spoon sweets at the end of a meal, or fresh fruit (it was cherry season at the time), or sometimes flowers. I have some Citron I purchased on Naxos…but your liqueur of the household would be delicious I am sure of it :D

  2. Ο/Η Cakelaw λέει:

    Thanks for an interesting post Ivy – I had never heard of a bergamot before.

  3. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Thanks Val, the two jars of bergamot have disappeared in no time. I have merely saved two pieces for my son who is coming back from Australia tomorrow.
    The liqueur, I have been making good use of it both in sweet and savory dishes which I have not yet posted.
    The liqueur by itself is a dynamite, very aromatic but too strong for me as I rarely drink alcohol.

  4. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Cakelaw, likewise my brother who lives in Australia has never heard of it before.

  5. Ο/Η Emiline λέει:

    Well! I’ve learned something today. I’ve never heard of bergamot. Too bad you can’t eat the fruit.
    How wonderful to make your own flavored liquor. I wish I could have some. I’m feeling stressed out right now.

  6. Ο/Η Núria λέει:

    I’m also ignorant about Bergamot. Maybe I heart about it to make infussions with its seeds, is that possible?
    Thanks Ivy for englightening me in the liquors making. Maybe one day I prepare my own too!!!

  7. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Hi Emiline, these fruit liqueurs are very good and you can make them with the fruits that have a strong aroma.

    Nuria I don’t know anything about what can be made with its seeds but I am surprised you don’t know it in Spain because I was under the impression that this fruit is a cross between Lemon and the Valencia orange.

  8. Ο/Η Peter M λέει:

    I’m sure no Bergamots exist in Canada but what are they called in Greek?

  9. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    It’s called Bergamont or or Bergamonto.

  10. Ο/Η Rosie λέει:

    Hi Ivy, I did hear of bergamot oil when I visited an herbal shop and it recommended to be added with Aloe Vera for skin irritations!?!?

    But a great informative post Ivy that I have learnt so very much here – thank you!

    Rosie x

  11. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Thanks Rosie. I just learned a few more things reading wiki and just read that it is used in half of womens” perfumes.

  12. Ο/Η Pixie λέει:

    I never heard of it but I wish I could try it!!!

  13. Ο/Η Jess Voloudakis λέει:

    I’ve heard of bergamot as a flavoring for tea, but never as a spoon sweet! I have a friend who will love to see this.

    jess

  14. Ο/Η Susan from Food Blogga λέει:

    Now that’s one fruit I’ve never seen at the farmers” market. Perhaps a little research in Greece is in order. :)

  15. Ο/Η White On Rice Couple λέει:

    These fruits are sooo interesting. WE’ve heard of them, but have yet to see them. Another thing we’ve learned from you! Can’t wait to learn more!

  16. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Pixie, this is the nice thing about blogging, we get to learn some new things.
    Jess, thanks for passing by. I’ve heard about tea as well. Hope your friend likes this.
    Susan, even here in Greece I haven’t seen it for many years, so a few weeks ago when I saw it I bought it and now feel sorry that I did not buy much more.
    Thanks a lot white on rice couple, you have so many interesting things on your site and must make time to read them.

  17. Ο/Η swirlingnotions λέει:

    So interesting to learn more about bergamot! One of my favorite fragrances. Thanks, too, for the memory of spoon sweets in Greece!

  18. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    One of my favourites as well.

  19. Ο/Η Kalyn λέει:

    What an interesting post. I remember hearing this word before, but truly I had no idea what a bergamot was. I can tell you’re very creative in the kitchen by how you’ve used it.

    Also, what a beautiful place you’re living in. I was there for three days once and fell in love with the entire country of Greece, but I loved seeing the historical sights in Athens.

  20. Ο/Η Anna λέει:

    spoon sweets really intrigue me.

    they’re such a simple, genius idea but not many people seem to eat them outside the middle east/mediterranean.

    i would love to make this, but where to find bergamots in sydney (australia)??? i will have to keep a look out!

  21. Ο/Η african vanielje λέει:

    I have never come across bergamots (except in Earl Grey tea) and found this a fascinating post. THank you

  22. Ο/Η pixen λέει:

    Ola Ivy,

    May I know where I can find this fruit in Athens? When is the best season? I was in Athens few months before learning of your blog…

  23. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Hi Pixen. This is a winter fruit. I don’t know exactly when but I found it sometime end of January – beginning of February and never seen it since.

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