From fragula, diminutive of the Latin fraga, which was actually plural and therefore indicated strawberries, comes the name of this beloved fruit.
Fragola is closely related to the adjective fragrant: the sweet smell of strawberries speaks of summer and of scrumptious desserts, like gelato alla fragola and fragole con la panna (topped with whipped cream).
If you are in Italy in early June, you can visit the delightful ancient town of Nemi, on the homonymous lake, 25 miles from Rome, and attend the annual Sagra delle Fragole (strawberry fair). Nemi is famous for its production of small strawberries, fragoline, and oversize ones, fragoloni.
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