The cultivation of soft fruits in Upper Lake Como is linked to local traditions. In the past, but still today, families used to look for seasonal fruit in the woods near their homes. The first experiences of growing berries (or soft fruits) came from the desire to produce those flavours, which once required long walks, near the home. The microclimate of the lake has thus allowed growing crops of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants.
Production is limited and the farms that sell the fruits or transform them into jams, jellies, syrups and juices are all family owned.