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The Positano lemons: scent and poetry of our land

May 2, 2019

Yellow and bright as the warmest sun, with an unmistakable and pungent aroma, lemon is one of the treasures of our coast. Loved by those who, like us, grew up with it, it is a real discovery for tourists visiting Positano.

Yellow and bright as the warmest sun, with an unmistakable and pungent aroma, lemon is one of the treasures of our coast.

Loved by those who, like us, grew up with it, it is a real discovery for tourists visiting Positano. Once one becomes intoxicated with their fragrances or tastes an authentic granita or the delicous local liqueurs, even the most diffident traveler falls in love with our lemons.

The gold of the Amalfi Coast has been internationally recognized as one of the food products to be protected and enhanced. In fact, from a nutritional and organoleptic point of view, our lemons are among the best in the world, according to a recent article by the British newspaper Financial Times. And we could not disagree with it.

 

The sfusato amalfitano and its history

 

Along the entire Amalfi Coast a very particular variety of lemon grows and it is found only here: it is the sfusato amalfitano, with an intense and precious aroma.

The uniqueness of this citrus fruit derives from the privileged position and ideal climate allowing it to fully release its explosion of fragrances. The embrace of the Lattari Mountains puts the fruit under cover of the cold winds from the northern countries, leaving it exposed just to the sun and the warm southern winds.

In the 11th century, our love story with lemon slowly blossomed, a story that still continue nowaday, with renewed passion. The first lemon groves were also called gardens, so beautiful and refined they looked thanks to the precious plants.

Thanks to the trade of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, from 1400 the local fragrances conquered, one after the other, the Italian and European states. A few more centuries and the sfusato amalfitano arrived in America, fascinating the first lovers of Mediterranean products.

 

Prince of recipes

 

Our lemons give unexpected aromas to the most different recipes. Just a few drops are enough to liven up a summer salad, to enhance a good baked fish, to refine a homemade dessert.

The fresh touch of the sfusato amalfitano naturally combines with many dishes of the Mediterranean diet and with the specialties of our tradition.

The linguine with prawns such as ricotta ravioli, marinated anchovies such as turkey morsels, up to potato gateau: every dish of the Amalfi Coast has a splash of freshly picked lemon. Among the desserts, the ones we love most are the delizia al limone, with the soft filling, the lemon cake and the tiramisu, really unique with this aromatic ingredient instead of coffee!

Let us not forget the favourite digestif in Positano: limoncello. Just a glass refreshes the spirit and reconciles with the world … even after a particularly abundant lunch!

These and many others are the uses of the Amalfi Coast lemon in cooking: discover them all in the specialties of the restaurant Al Palazzo at Palazzo Murat in Positano.