First-ever soil-less finger lime crop

The first global closed-cycle soil-less test crop of finger limes has been created in Sicily at G.E.V.A (acronym of Giuseppe, Emanuele and Andrea Vita), a company owned by the Vita brothers.

Finger lime (Microcitrus australasica) is a citrus fruit that grows in the sub-tropical Eastern coast of Australia.

Growing this fruit soil-less and in a protected environment could be a good technical and commercial solution. Coir is used as a substrate. 

It is a very peculiar product destined to the niche market. It is getting increasingly popular in the restaurant world, thanks especially to its unique flavour and texture.

This fruit has antiseptic properties, it favours digestion, it is refreshing as well as diuretic. In addition, it is a source of vitamins C and B6, folic acid and potassium.

G.E.V.A. managed to re-create a sub-tropical climate in a completely automated greenhouse. Plants can therefore grow as naturally as possible reducing the need for phytosanitary treatments. In addition, as it is a closed cycle system, all the fertilised water is recycled, making it possible to save money and respect the environment.

The test crop was created privately with the help of the Maimone Giuseppe Alessio nursery. "We have planted seven varieties of finger limes so far, and we will plant another six over the next few months to see which ones are better suitable for our needs," conclude Giuseppe, Emanuele and Andrea Vita.

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