From Farm to Fork: Verdura's Organic Garden

Rocco Forte Hotels

A tiny patch of paradise on the southern coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort's organic garden thrives under the watchful eyes of head gardener Signor Vincenzo Termine and chef Fulvio Pierangelini. From planting to harvesting, the duo collaborates to provide a true farm-to-fork experience for guests throughout the year.

AUTUMN

A rich harvest

As autumn arrives, the new season’s blessings are harvested alongside the remainder of summer’s prize crops. Squashes, pumpkins, and late-season tomatoes are carefully picked, and James begins the process of preparing and preserving the harvest for sale or distribution to our Rocco Forte Hotels across Europe. To enrich the soil and protect it from erosion during the winter, cover crops such as clover are planted. 

Fulvio tours Rocco Forte’s sites with an abundance of Verdura’s ingredients, ready to showcase to guests in Rome, London or Berlin. Dishes such as comforting roasted pumpkin soup with a drizzle of the resort's own olive oil demonstrate how Verdura’s bounty is never wasted.

WINTER

Olive oil production

As autumn arrives, the new season’s blessings are harvested alongside the remainder of summer’s prize crops. Squashes, pumpkins, and late-season tomatoes are carefully picked, and James begins the process of preparing and preserving the harvest for sale or distribution to our Rocco Forte Hotels across Europe. To enrich the soil and protect it from erosion during the winter, cover crops such as clover are planted. 

Fulvio tours Rocco Forte’s sites with an abundance of Verdura’s ingredients, ready to showcase to guests in Rome, London or Berlin. Dishes such as comforting roasted pumpkin soup with a drizzle of the resort's own olive oil demonstrate how Verdura’s bounty is never wasted.

SPRING

Fresh beginnings

As spring approaches, the resort readies itself for opening. James oversees the preparation of the soil for planting: tilling the ground to break up any compacted earth, fertilising with organic methods and ensuring proper irrigation. 

He plants a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs such as basil. To ensure healthy growth, basil requires well-drained, nutrient-rich soil and a sunny location providing at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. 

Harvesting begins for early spring produce such as leafy greens, peas, and radishes. These are perfect for the resort’s opening in March: Fulvio uses them to craft dishes including a delicately flavoured risotto with garden-fresh peas and fragrant mint leaves.

SUMMER

Bursting with flavour

Summertime sees the resort in full swing. Guests are encouraged to tour the garden, witnessing the flourishing crops firsthand. During this season, James focuses on regular watering and mulching to maintain soil moisture and temperature. Pest control is also a priority, with organic methods being employed such as companion planting and the introduction of beneficial insects that will protect the plants. 

Harvesting continues, as summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and oranges ripen. Guests can participate in cooking courses, creating dishes like Sicilian pasta alla Norma with freshly picked aubergines and tomatoes, or a citrus salad featuring Verdura's own oranges.

Throughout the year, Verdura Resort's organic garden is a testament to the dedication of Signor Vincenzo Termine and Fulvio Pierangelini, who work hand in hand to bring the freshest ingredients to the guests’ plate. New produce is planted all the time, as the garden grows bigger, so who knows what next year might bring?


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