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Jan 16, 2012 06:42 AM

Limoncello, have receipe, need organic lemons. any suggestions?

Limoncello, yet again. Simple question: where to find good organic lemons.

And because the subject has been much discussed nd some maybe curious, here's the quick summary.
I have read the several threads on the subject on the spirits board a
We have decided to go with the Lifequest Limoncello recipe, but make only half the amount. The logic being, that leaves enough everclear to try a everclear/vodka mix the next time without traipsing back to little Rhody, if the pure everclear recipe is found too industrial/rough/ etc.

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  1. I'd give Harvest Co-op in Cambridge or Wilson Farm in Lexington a call.

    1. I get the bagged ones at WF. Much better value, and I find they are thinner skinned and juicier.

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      1. re: Science Chick

        Ditto - I bought a bag of about a dozen or so for $5 last weekend at WF in Brighton.

      2. Trader Joe's often has them, bagged and labeled as such, but not necessary in the same section as the non organic.

        1. You may want to go to Formaggio Kitchen where they have ponderosa lemons, the special variety that's traditionally used to make limoncello.

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          1. re: lipoff

            I've always heard limoncello lemons called "Sorrento lemons" in English (aka Femminello St. Teresa lemons according to Wikipedia). Are these and ponderosa lemons the same?

            1. re: emannths

              I am not 100% sure, but I believe so. Maybe the Ponderosa lemons are the same lemons but grown in Florida? I do know that those lemons at Formaggio Kitchen are specifically for making limoncello.

              1. re: lipoff

                The ponderosa lemon is different from the sorrento lemon, and is from the US. I think that if you want to be really authentic, you want sorrento lemons, but I also think that any lemon will do for limoncello if you are making it in the US.

          2. I saw bags of organic lemons at the Packard's Corner Star just a few days ago.