BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour

The queen of all lemons is widely reckoned to be the Amalfi – and a specific variety called the sfusato. ¬†It’s grown on rocky terraces clinging to a hillside south of Naples.

The lemon is thought to have originated in India – although we now associate it with the Mediterranean and particularly Italy. ¬†Frescoes depicting the fruit were found in Pompeii and there’s also a mosaic pavement at Frascati from the year 100 AD.

Simon Parkes went to Amalfi in 2004 for BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discover the various uses and the history of the fruit.

You can listen to the whole programme at the BBC.

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