The Lemon of Sorrento P.G.I.
Historical information and description of the product
Numerous historical documents: acts of sale, paintings, literary
and botanical writings, provide evidence of the presence of lemons
in this area going back to the year 1500. In the 1600s, the Jesuit
Fathers initiated the first cultivation of lemons.
A lemon of medium to large dimensions, of elliptical form, with
a citric yellow colour rind, highly perfumed, and with a pulp which
has exceptional juice and acidic content. The main characteristic
of the technique of cultivation is the use of the famous ‘pagliarelle’:
straw mats which are lent on wooden supports, usually made out of
chestnut wood, and are used to cover the foliage of the trees, so
as to protect them from the cold and wind, climatic elements which
can be decisive in the production of the harvest. The covering with
these "pagliarelle" delays the ripening of the fruit,
the results of which is one of the principal characteristics of
the variety. The lemon of Sorrento P.G.I. is unique of
its kind and easily distinguishable by its perfume, the balance
between citric acid and sugar, the flavour and the presence of essential
La raccolta dei limoni a Capri.
AREA OF PRODUCTION
The lemon is grown in all the regions along the Sorrentine peninsula:
Massa Lubrense, Meta, Piano, S.Agnello, Sorrento, Vico Equense,
and on the island of Capri both in Capri and Anacapri.
The method of cultivation guarantees freshness and delineates the
area where the first stages of production take place, ensuring that
the cultivation of the fruit occurs in the same area as its processing,
with the essential requirement that the first stage of the production
of the lemons is that they are exclusively from these regions.Only
those producing liqueur in these areas can use the description “Limoni
di Sorrento I.G.P.” on their labels.
The P.G.I. “Limone di Sorrento” has been registered
with the EC regulation 2446/2000 (G.U.C.E L281 of 7.11.00) in application
of the EC regulation 2081/92
The authorised regulating body id the IS.ME.CERT