The orange groves of Sparta embrace the Evrotas River valley. In the spring, the blossoms’ distinct sweet fragrance floods the air. The oranges and citrus fruits of Lakonia are well-known for their excellent quality, both in Greece and around the world. “The orange trees of Sparta Snow, flowers of Love, Turned white from your words And tilt their branches low…” — Nikiforos Vrettakos
Syglino of Mani (salt-cured meat and sausage) is pork smoked with lentisk or cedar, scented with orange rind and preserved in its own fat (glyna), from which it takes its name. Today, it is manufactured and packaged by companies and butchers who use modern methods, yet still maintain the same taste and quality.