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

bsrh Jan 16, 2012 06:42 AM

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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    bear RE: bsrh Jan 16, 2012 07:27 AM

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

    1. Science Chick RE: bsrh Jan 16, 2012 08:06 AM

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

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        BobB RE: Science Chick Jan 16, 2012 01:52 PM

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

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        Madrid RE: bsrh Jan 16, 2012 09:55 AM

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

        1. lipoff RE: bsrh Jan 18, 2012 03:00 AM

          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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            emannths RE: lipoff Jan 18, 2012 05:11 AM

            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?

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              lipoff RE: emannths Jan 18, 2012 10:14 PM

              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.

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                Splendid Spatula RE: lipoff Jan 19, 2012 09:27 AM

                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. Allstonian RE: bsrh Jan 18, 2012 03:48 AM

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

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              Mtdym81 RE: bsrh Jan 19, 2012 07:53 AM

              Try to find organic myers lemons... I got some at trader joes and they were organic. I make limoncello every holiday season. Excellent stuff.. since ya know you can't find the REAL lemons for limoncello outside of italy.

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                bsrh RE: bsrh Jan 19, 2012 08:07 AM

                Thanks all. We have made a decision. We have a call into Formaggion asking about Ponderosas. If these are not available, we will use standard organic lemons.
                And on limoncello in general, the host of Limonquest, Ben Perry, has self-published a book of all his published and unpublished texts on limoncello, other-citrus-cellos, and infused liqueurs. We will being trying it out, following his logic that the whole operation involves so much expenditure, including out-of-state travel, buying a book is the least of one's costs.
                will report, although as our Everclear is the high octane type, the report is likely to be in 6 months.

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