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Story of Sfusato Lemons

Sfusato Lemons are a variety of lemon grown in Italy on the Amalfi coast. These lemons are very large and have a nipple at the end. The rind is a pale yellow. 

Sfusato lemons have arisen by local farmers who crossed the variety of lemon with bitter local oranges until they produced a from known as the 'nostrato', a direct parent of the present day 'sfusato d'Amalfi'.

By the 19th century the lemon has assumed a great social and economic importance and the enormous work fo transforming the previously unproductive rural landscape along a stretch of land from Positano to Vietri sul Mare was complete and included such towns as Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Ravello, Scala, Positano, Praiano and Tramonti.

Sfusato lemons are ideal for making limoncello - liquer made of lemon grind. 

The lemons are harvested from February to September inclusive. The lemons are classed based on what time during the harvest season they are harvested: mezzani, limoni bianchetti, verdelli, agostani and bastardi. There are actually several sub-varieties: Sfusato di Amalfi, Gloaria di Amalfi, Lemon of Maiori, lemon of Rocida and Oval of Sorrento. 

60% of the Sfusato lemon harvest is used locally to make Limoncello liqueur.

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