Mela limoncella

Mela limoncella, also known as the lemon apple, is a unique and rare fruit that can be found in the Campania region of Italy. Specifically, it is grown in the towns and communes of Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, and Capri. This fruit is highly regarded for its distinct flavor and aroma, which combines the sweetness of an apple with the tanginess of a lemon.

The Mela limoncella has gained recognition and protection under the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) label, which aims to preserve and promote traditional Italian food products. This recognition ensures that the fruit is grown and cultivated using traditional methods, maintaining its unique characteristics and quality.

One popular recipe that showcases the Mela limoncella is the Limoncello Apple Tart. This delicious dessert combines the tartness of the lemon apple with the sweetness of a buttery crust and a hint of limoncello liqueur. Another recipe is the Mela limoncella and arugula salad, which combines the crispness of the fruit with the peppery flavor of arugula, creating a refreshing and light dish.

Sources:
– “Mela limoncella” – www.agraria.org
– “PAT – Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs” – www.qualigeo.eu