Sorrento Lemon

January 2nd, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If enjoy stuff like giving a baby a lemon and watching them make crazy faces, then this is the fruit for you!
Sorrento Lemons
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★½☆

Looks like every common (Eureka) lemon you have ever seen in your life.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Crazy strong and acidic, perfumy lemon scent.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★½☆

Tight, firm and juicy flesh.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★½

Nicely acidic, not overwhelmingly sour.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I can kind of eat this lemon straight. It just smells so good and I want to like it so much that I just keep digging my teeth into it. I’m not saying I could snack on it exactly, but I’m pretty into it. I want to start making lemon bars, lemon curd, lemon meringue pie, and limoncello. OR I could save myself the trouble and just keep sucking out the juice. I think you know what I will choose.

FRUIT

Lemon

VARIETY

Sorrento

PEAK

All Year

GROWN

Rancho Del Sol
Jamul, CA

PROVIDED BY

Specialty Produce
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NOTES

I want to care about the history of lemons and the amalfi coast (gorgeous) and all sorts of lemony lore, but the truth is all I can think about is limoncello! Have you had limoncello? I’ve only had a super cheap version from the grocery store and I swear I could have licked the bottle it was so delicious. So when I found out that italian sorrento lemons are THE lemons to make it, I got off my lazy derriere and went to work.  No I did not go find grain alcohol. No I did not use the second best alternative, vodka.  I didn’t have it and while I would love some yummy lemony liquor I am not about to go get in the car and then drive to the store and then come home and make it. So I used what I had — gin!  Call me in a few weeks and I’ll let you know how it goes.  I. Can. Not. Wait. So yeah, you can probably call me tomorrow and I will have sampled it already because that’s just how I roll.

And for those of you that come for the fruit info: “In the 1956-57 season, California produced 11 million gallons of frozen lemon concentrate.” No, I don’t know why that particular year matters nor do I particularly care about frozen lemon concentrate, but if you readers demand facts, I provide them! You’re welcome.

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  • Celso Paganini Aug 18, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Dear Fruit Maven,
    The lemons shown and your Sorrento lemons web-page are not Sorrento lemons. They look more like Meyer lemons, or other varieties.
    If you would like to see the real deal, we have a ocean container coming in to the port of Newark, NJ the end of August. You can come and take a look or buy through wholesaler or distributor in your area.

  • Fruit Maven Aug 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Hi Celso,

    Thanks for stopping by. I did buy these lemons through a local distributor from a local farm. So I can only take their word for it. They definitely aren’t eureka lemons (these are way more fragrant) and they aren’t meyer lemons (the color and thickness of the skin is completely different as well as the flavor), but since these are the only “sorrento lemons” I’ve tried, I suppose I don’t really know. The images I see on google do look a bit bumpier from a visual perspective. But most of these did have the characteristic of pointed ends and of course that crazy fragrance. I would love to try them again, so I will keep an eye out!

    Thanks for the heads up.
    Fruit Maven

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