How a 19th-century lemon craze gave rise to the infamous Sicilian mob – The Washington Post

| January 21, 2018

Lemons in Sicily; Photo by Francesco

Before there was organized crime in Sicily, however, there were lemons — lots of them. According to the researchers, the island’s lemon industry exploded in the 19th century as doctors around the world realized the fruit cured scurvy, a condition caused by lack of vitamin C. That created a huge global demand for lemons, which grow well in the Sicilian climate, but had not been a major export previously.

Source: How a 19th-century lemon craze gave rise to the infamous Sicilian mob – The Washington Post 

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