Without a doubt one of my favorite places in the World. If you have followed me or read a post or two you already know my feelings about Italy and specifically the Amalfi Coast. I am excited to get back there this May for my annual trip. In the meantime, I wanted to share this lovely video from Nicki Positano. You can follow Nicki on Face book here.
Courtesy: the guardian
Surely Amalfi lemons, not apples, were the fruit that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Who could resist reaching up and touching such a beautiful, knobbly fruit hanging beneath rustling green leaves? It would have been too much for the strongest-minded woman.
The Amalfi lemon is widely regarded by cooks as the prince among lemons, rivalled only by its Sicilian brethren. Grown on the hills of Campania in Italy – in particular around Sorrento and Amalfi – it is at its best in the summer months.
‘As the weather becomes increasingly hot, their flavour seems to become more intense,’ explains Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie in London. ‘We buy them direct from the Italian market each Monday. People often think that they are only good in January and February, but in reality, their best period is starting now. By August they’ll smell absolutely amazing.’
Naturally, such fruit is not waxed, and if you finely pare or grate its skin, you will release its intensely lemony aromatic oils. A dish of pasta tossed with Amalfi lemon zest, parsley, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil is heavenly. Its bitter pith is thick – perfectly designed for home-made candied peel or lemon marmalade. Its flesh is pale and juicy, with a delicious fruitiness that softens its natural sourness. It’s the sort of lemon to tempt you into nibbling its flesh on a hot day or squeezing its juice to make a lemon granita speckled with black pepper.
Ultimately, the Amalfi lemon tempts everyone by its beauty, as Safeway discovered in June when it held a month-long Italian food promotion. They just couldn’t keep up with the demand for this 200g leafy fruit.
But don’t despair if you can’t find them – simply butter up your local greengrocer and persuade him to order in a box. They will fly out of the shop. However, as Eve discovered, knowledge is a double-edged sword, for once you have tasted an Amalfi lemon, you will find it hard to return to its smaller, sourer cousins.