1. Lemons are nature’s top source of citric acid, a life essential found in the cells of all living creatures.
2. Limoncello is one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy. (Other popular liqueurs are Sambuca, Campari, Amaretto.)
3. Christopher Columbus introduced citrus trees to the island of Haiti in 1493 during his second voyage, by planting the seed of a lemon.
4. Wealthy Victorians grew lemon trees indoors as a sign of prestige. They used the lively scented plants to keep their large estates smelling fresh.
5. Limoncello has been around for at least a century, but its precise origins are unclear. One story has the fishermen and farmers preparing their own versions. Another story has friars making it in their monasteries. Perhaps both these stories, and others you may hear, are true.
6. Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year–round on the California coast. Each tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons. California and Arizona produce 100% of the entire U.S. lemon crop.
7. Limoncello It is made from lemon zest, that is, the yellow exterior of the skin without the pith. The zest is steeped in grain alcohol until the oilis released.
8. During the European Renaissance, fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips.
9. Lemons are thought to have originated in Southern China, and were later introduced into Assyna, where they were discovered by soldiers serving Alexander the Great, who took them back to Greece.
10. Most famous alcoholic beverage of is Limoncello, made from Sorrento’s famed lemons. Just about every shop you see in the streets of Sorrento will be chock full of Limoncello.