Lemon citron Fiorentina
Citrus limonimedica Lush.
Lemons and their hybrids
November – Juny
A hybrid between a lemon and a citron that has been known in Italy for a long time, although, as with most citron lemons, its origin is unknown. It is known that in the early 17th century it was brought from Pietrasanta (in the Italian province of Lucca) to the Medici Gardens in Florence, but it was already known as Cedro di Firenze in the early 16th century. In the 17th century it was described as “the sweetest and most aromatic of all lemons”.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Its fruits are ellipsoidal to conical, with a long and sharp apical zone. Its rind is deep yellow, very fragrant. The albedo is edible, thick and has a good bite. The pulp is scarce, acidic and not very juicy.
Its rind can be used to flavor alcoholic beverages, as well as to obtain essential oils. The albedo has gastronomic use, both fresh and processed. Fresh it is a good accompaniment to meat and fish, or can be used in salads, green or fruit. Processed it is used to prepare purees or sauces with a characteristic citric touch.