Sep
2011

MONTI IBLEI

SICILIA

Monti Iblei is a mountainous area in southeastern Sicily that spans the provinces of Ragusa, Syracuse and Carania. The mountains reach their highest altitude at Mount Lauro, 986 meters above sea level.

The name of the region comes from the Sicilian King Hyblon who, in 128 BCE, gave a parcel of land to Greek colonists who built the town Megara Hyblaea. Ever since, rivers have eroded the plateau creating deep canyons in the natural limestone.

Olives have been cultivated in the Monti Iblei region since the time of Magna Grecia. A testimony offered by the “Universities” of Buccheri bears witness to a flourishing olive industry in the region. Surviving Ancient commercial agreements also make reference to the product. Olive oil was so precious in the region that it was sometimes used as a form of currency. Olio Extravergine d’Oliva Monti Iblei is almost green in color and has a fruity taste.