Monday, April 19, 2010

Who is Margherita?

Our Margherita is not the Queen of Italy during the reign of her husband King Umberto 1 and has nothing to do with the pizza margherita which co-incidently was created in 1899 for the Queen Margherita.

No, our Margherita lived in our house in the early years of the 20th century. She was a shepherdess and made ricotta which she sold locally. She was also the local wet nurse and took in children from the valley below who suffered from respiratory problems as the air here is cleaner and fresher. For these reasons our house in known locally, more especially by the older inhabitants, as the house of Margherita or Casa Margherita. For this reason our olive oil business is named Casa Margherita.

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