Amalfi Coast Lemons
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Amalfi Coast lemons are an impressive lemon variety. The Italian name—Sfusato Amalfitano—refers to the fruit’s tapered shape, distinctively different than the rounder varieties of lemons grown elsewhere in Italy. Amalfi Coast lemons are also larger on average than other varieties, with each fruit weighing at least 100 grams. The medium to thick skin is a pale yellow color. The rind has an especially intense lemon aroma because of the essential oils it contains. Inside, the flesh is acidic, semi-sweet, and very juicy. Amalfi Coast lemons tend to contain few seeds.
Amalfi Coast lemons are available year round.
Amalfi Coast lemons are a traditional lemon variety (Citus limon) from the Amalfi Coast region of Italy. This variety was originally developed as a cross between small, local lemons and bitter oranges. They are also called Sfusato Amalfitano in Italian.
Lemons are particularly high in vitamin C. One of their early uses was in fact to prevent scurvy in sailors on long sea voyages because of the high vitamin C content. The Amalfi Coast lemon has an even higher amount of vitamin C than other lemon varieties. Vitamin C protects cells from damage and strengthens the immune system. The skin of lemons contains additional phytochemicals that are important in preventing disease.
Amalfi Coast lemons are traditionally used to make limoncello, are served on the side of salads and meals as a dressing, or even served with coffee. They are particularly good to use for cooking because of their flavor and lack of seeds. Pair with fish for a classic taste. The zest and flesh are useful in baking and are key bases in several desserts from the region as well. Lemons store best in plastic bags in the refrigerator, and will keep for up to a month.
Amalfi Coast lemons are an important part of the culture and history of the Amalfi Coast region in Italy. They are harvested throughout the year on steep terraces accessed by stone stairs, but are celebrated most during the spring and summer months. The Consortium for the Promotion of the Amalfi Coast Lemon (or Consorzio di Tutela del Limone Costa d'Amalfi) preserves this variety’s heritage label. Lemons or lemon products with their logo indicates that the product comes from this regional and are produced with traditional methods.
Lemons have been grown in Italy since at least ancient Roman times—they appear in records and mosaics from that era. Arab traders expanded the range of lemons, and eventually they became established on the Amalfi Coast in Italy as a prime crop. They were grown for their high vitamin C value and role in preventing scurvy especially for sailors. They were historically grown, and continue to be grown, on steep and rocky hillsides in the region. They grow best in their native warm Mediterranean climate.
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