Messina Interdonato Lemon

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Messina Interdonato Lemon

The story of the Interdonato lemon starts with Giovanni Interdonato, one of Garibaldi’s colonels. His name lives on in history not thanks to his revolutionary actions, but because of a citrus fruit. The Interdonato is the outcome of a cross between a citron and a local lemon variety called Ariddaru. According to legend, this was the work of Interdonato, though it might simply have been a spontaneous mutation in his gardens. The resulting lemon is medium-large in size, with a delicate, only mildly acidic flavor. The skin has a very fine grain and the lemon has a characteristic large point at the bottom.

Image: © Fabio Artusi

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Territory

StateItaly
Region

Sicily