Lemon of Amalfi, protagonist of the Amalfi Coast

June 14 2022

Welcome to the lemon paradise, Amalfi Coast. The lemon trees grow illuminated by the sun, caressed by the sea breeze and immersed in the scent of salt: the quintessence of Amalfi Coast (and of Sorrento) is in the nectar of the lemon and its derivatives.

A stay at Hotel Le Agavi in ​​Positano proves to be a perfect opportunity to indulge in a food and wine tour to discover the symbolic fruit of the Campania coast.


Lemon in the local culinary tradition       

 

The flavor of the Campania lemon is the basis of products that have contributed to the success of the gastronomic history of the region. Do you know the Lemon Delight dessert? Conceived by the famous Sorrento pastry chef Carmine Marzuillo in 1978, it has conquered all Neapolitan cuisine thanks to its freshness and its sweet and sour taste.   

The basis of the recipe now exported all over the world is the sponge cake, accompanied by two ingredients derived from the famous yellow fruit: lemon cream and limoncello syrup. Made in semi-spherical cups, confectioners often add a wild strawberry on top of the cream.   

Limoncello is another characteristic product of the Amalfi Coast. Obtained by infusion, leaving the skins to soak in alcohol, it accompanies the end of meals for locals and tourists on vacation in our land.   

It was born in the twentieth century among the houses of the coastal nobility and soon conquered the palate of the entire population of Campania. It quickly arrived on tables throughout Italy and was soon exported abroad as well.   

On the Amalfi Coast you can delight yourself with numerous varieties of limoncello, made with zero kilometer lemons. 

 

Amalfi lemon vs Sorrento lemon: excellences just a few km away       

 

The classic terraces of Amalfi (called "squares" by the locals) conceal a long-standing secret, which brings us back to the origin of the union between the lemon and our territory. The Amalfi Coast lemon, also known as Amalfi Sfusato (due to its characteristic tapered shape), is one of the most prized species in the world and comes from the East.   

Centuries ago he found in Amalfi the ideal territory in which to release his delicious flavors, which earned him the recognition of Protected European Geographical Indication.   

The Amalfi Sfusato shares the IGP brand with another prized lemon from the area, the Oval of Sorrento. This femminiello lemon differs from the nearby Amalfi lemon both for the cultivation methods and for the organoleptic properties.   

Grown in the "lemon gardens", their presence in the Sorrento area dates back to 1500 AD, attested by historical documents of the time. To certify their cultivation with specialized techniques, however, we have to wait until the following century, when the Jesuit fathers residing in the area started a dedicated cultivation. In the municipality of Massa Lubrense there is still one of the first cultivated fields, the "Gesus": for this reason, the Sorrento lemon is sometimes referred to as the Massese lemon.   

The two types of citrus fruits have in common the undisputed food and nutritional properties

 

From Maiori to Minori along the path of lemons       

 

Before the SS 163, the Sentiero dei Limoni was the only link that connected the municipalities of Maiori and Minori. Even today, the road, in excellent condition, retains the charm of the past.   

This path was traveled by men and women who brought lemons to the beaches of the two municipalities. Loaded into the ships, they left for the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and America.   

The path, which can be covered in about an hour and in both directions, offers breathtaking views. On the way, mostly flat, there are some steps, typical of the Amalfi landscape. 

 

Book now your stay at Hotel Le Agavi in ​​Positano. Discover the inimitable taste of Amalfi Coast lemon and the intoxicating scent of zagara, linked to the myth of Hercules, who overcame numerous obstacles to give it to mere mortals.

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