Saturday, February 13, 2010

SFUSATO LEMONS

Lemons were always a precious commodity, exteemed for their fragrance, essentials oils and vitamin C; they were first planted on steep dry-stone-wall terraces at Maiori and Minori in the 10th and 11th centuries. In the early 20th century these lemons were even quoted on the New York Stock Exchange. Today the Costiera's pointed sfusato lemons - used to make limoncello liqueur - have been given territorial status (IGP). They are often grown in large limonaias built of chestnut-wood poles to guard them from the wind and frost.

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