The Lemon Interdonato Messina joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was issued on 12 November 2009.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Sicily.
The Lemon Interdonato was born around 1870, by a graft between the cedar and the ariddaru (typical local lemon), created by Col. Giovanni Interdonato, in his company located in Ali Terme, Contrada Reitana.
This engagement has created a lemon unique. The Lemon Interdonato Messina PGI presents with a more elongated, a peel very fine and taste less bitter than other lemons. These features make it perfect for preparing salads, pasta dishes and main courses.
The trade name of Lemon Interdonato Messina PGI indicates a hybrid between a citron clone and a lemon clone, produced exclusively in the area of ​​the Province of Messina ion.
The tree is in the medium development, with leaves of medium and large size. The bloom is scalar and present in peak spring (March-April) and at the end of June. The flower is white with light purple veins. The fruit is elongated, almost cylindrical, with pronounced umbo.
The skin is fine, the albedo is often just the beginning of the collection, it becomes very full-bodied and sweet when fully ripe. In the first stage of harvest (mid-September) the Interdonato lemon looks green with pale yellow shades, while fully ripe lemon becomes intense yellow, reaching considerable sizes of more than 400 grams. The Interdonato is full of little acid juice and rind contains small quantities of delicate essential oils.


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