Any of us who have visited Italy and sat in a romantic piazza watching the world go with a Lemoncello on ice, or a cold fizzy Chinotto drink in hand, will know how glorious the fragrant taste of Mediterranean citrus can be.
In search of the perfect lemoncello recipe
Back at Ashton Park at Moss Vale, a book on lemons changed my life! – well, at least sent me along a new and fascinating path.
Our daughter gave us renowned garden-specialist Helena Atlee’s book ‘The Land Where Lemons Grow’ for a recent Xmas, and I devoured it (and some of the fantastic historic recipes in it) in a couple of sittings – and promptly started to search for Bergamots, Chinottos, troyo and yuzu limes, blood oranges, and anything else I could find now I understood the history of each historic and ancient variety.
I wanted to make my own lemoncello and chinotto, and to try to recreate some of the artisanal products described in the book.
Problem is, our frosty days in winter are a bit tough on citrus.
So having acquired my first rare citrus plants and potted them in pretty terracotta citrus pots, it was a race against time to find somewhere undercover for winter. So I got to drawing my idea.