The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit

The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit

Helena Attlee / Aug 23, 2019

The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit The Land Where Lemons Grow uses the colourful past of six different kinds of Italian citrus to tell an unexpected history of Italy from the arrival of citrons in nd century Calabria through Arab do

  • Title: The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit
  • Author: Helena Attlee
  • ISBN: 9780241952573
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Land Where Lemons Grow uses the colourful past of six different kinds of Italian citrus to tell an unexpected history of Italy, from the arrival of citrons in 2nd century Calabria, through Arab domination of Sicily in the 9th century, to slow food and cutting edge genetic research in the 21st Along the way Helena Attlee traces the uses of citrus essential oils in theThe Land Where Lemons Grow uses the colourful past of six different kinds of Italian citrus to tell an unexpected history of Italy, from the arrival of citrons in 2nd century Calabria, through Arab domination of Sicily in the 9th century, to slow food and cutting edge genetic research in the 21st Along the way Helena Attlee traces the uses of citrus essential oils in the perfume industry and describes the extraction of precious bergamot oil the history of marmalade and its production in Sicily the extraordinary harvest of Diamante citrons by Jewish citron merchants in Calabria the primitive violence of the Battle of Oranges, when the streets in Ivrea run with juice She reveals the earliest manifestations of the Mafia among the lemon gardens outside Palermo, and traces the ongoing links between organised crime and the citrus industry By combining insight into the country s cultural, political and economic history with travel writing, horticulture and art, Helena Atlee gives the reader a unique view of Italy.Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world Helena is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has worked in Italy for nearly 30 years.

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    1. The product of several years’ investigation into ‘the story of Italy and its citrus fruit’, Helena Attlee has written a book that is a perfect combination of food and travel. Sour oranges, citrons, esrogim, tangelos, tangerines, mandarins, satsumas, grapefruit, lemons - the list is a long one. The Sicilian mafia has its roots (no pun intended) in the citrus trade which has been a staple of Italy’s economy for hundreds of years. There are some products, eg esrogim, which can only be grown [...]


    2. I started reading this during a vacation in Tuscany last month. Attlee, a garden historian, does a great job of blending travel, science, and history – and she even includes some recipes, too. Here are a few of the fascinating and unexpected things I learned about citrus fruit:• Lemons originated in the Himalayan foothills; all oranges come from Assam or Burma (research suggests China may be another source)• Blood oranges get their color from anthocyanins, which can only develop where ther [...]


    3. I started the book looking forward to travel narrative; there was some, though the focus is more on the history of lemons in the Mediterranean region - well presented, never bogged down in detail (or at least rarely, as I have a bit of a short attention span at times). Author starts with the big picture of citrus in Italy in general, saving the best chapters for later: a discussion of chinotto - used for the liqueur Campari, as well as citron that's harvested by Orthodox Jews for Sukkot holiday [...]


    4. These days lemons are a part of our culinary lives, but there was a time not long ago when these were seen as exotic fruit. People would return from Italy on holiday in the 1950’s with tales of trees laden with fruit, inhaling the heady aroma that the fruit gives.And it is to Italy that Atlee takes us. From the Sicilian terraces full of mandarins and blood oranges, to the Southern Italian groves full of the huge citron and bergamonts. She visits the perfumed gardens of Liguria to see their par [...]


    5. From BBC radio 4 - Book of the Week:Mixing travel writing, history and horticulture, Helena Attlee takes a celebratory journey through Italy, exploring why citrus holds a special place in the Italian imagination.



    6. I was sent this as a first read copy. I really wanted to like this book and obviously someone who knows much more about books and writing, decided this book was worth publishing so this is just my little honest opinion. I have read National Geographics since I was a child. I have never meet a subject in which I couldn't become somewhat interested.The books explains the story of lemons in Italian history as she travels though Italy. The cover is beautiful. I'm assuming it's of an Italian painting [...]


    7. Lo esperaba desde que leí las críticas cuando apareció en Gran Bretaña y, si bien el cultivo de cítricos no era algo que me produjera mucha curiosidad, el sólo hecho de prometer una nueva mirada sobre Italia me lo hizo deseable. Y ahora estoy fascinada con los cítricos, con su historia y su carga cultural. Lo disfruté de principio a fin, he aprendido montones y he descubierto un nuevo tema de interés. Qué más se le puede pedir a un libro?


    8. this book is so good i wish i could take away one star from all the books i have rated 5 stars and leave this one only with the top mark! so interesting and catching. incredible


    9. This book contained some very interesting information, but, unfortunately, it really lacked in organization. I would have expected it to have some sort of overall organization, such as chronological or moving north to south in Italy. Instead it was just a mashup of stories, both historical and contemporary, and information and this made it very difficult for me to process everything.The book also would have benefited greatly from a few color photos. I guess one is expected to use the internet wh [...]



    10. BBC BOW starting April 21 The land where lemons growA celebration of the Italian love affair with citrus fruit.Mixing travel writing, history and horticulture, author Helena Attlee sets out to meet Italy's dedicated gardeners and farmers - whose passion for their life's work is as intoxicating as the sweet scent of zagara (citrus blossom).(view spoiler)[1. the elaborate naming systems of Renaissance botanists for the myriad varieties of citrus; and a journey to the Gulf of Naples to experience t [...]


    11. Fascinating! Chock full of the beauty and history of Italy via its citrus. It contains history, horticulture (I learned a lot about grafting, such a magical process), travel, maps, interviews and even a few recipes (citron tonic anyone?) 16 chapters with titles such as: Cooking for the Pope, Oranges Soaked in Sunsets and Green Gold.Some interesting information: ~ The Mafia's involvement in citrus production (grim) ~Traditional to keep citrus under cover fro one St. Catherine's Day to the next; S [...]


    12. Absolutely one of the best books I have read this year - the scent of citrus seems to percolate from each page. I realise this type of book isn't for everyone, but I love to read about the history of food products and the history of citrus is fascinating.I've dog-eared my copy of the book, making sure I don't forget some of the places I want to visit as, fortunately, I'll be in Sicily in a couple of months. However, the ever-thoughtful Attlee includes a list of places to visit in the back of the [...]


    13. This book could definitely benefited from having photos and illustrations in it, so that the reader can see the different fruit particularly as much of what she focuses on are not commercially available such as bergamot and citron. The first chapter did rather jump around but it settled down after that and on the whole I enjoyed it, although I have visited some of the locations eg Sicily and lake Garda which made it easier to visualise.


    14. This is a well-researched, delightful book that traces the role of the citrus in Italy. The author provides scientific data on the various types of fruit, places of origin, recipes and towns where one will find specific varieties. Part travel memoir, part Italian history but mostly a sensory journey. Now turning the car to the south of Napoli!


    15. If you had told me two years ago that today I would be obsessed with gardening - and not just gardening, but growing citrus trees in particular - I wouldn’t have believed you. Well, okay, I might have believed you because my obsessions are both impulsive and many. However, of all the possible foods to want to grow, starting with citrus is the equivalent of jumping headlong into reading Proust in his native French with only one high school level language class under your belt. Basically, it’s [...]


    16. I found this book utterly fascinating and a delight to read. I love Italy, and I felt I was travelling alongside Helen Attlee in her citrus journey through Italy, steeped in the strange and colourful history of citrus cultivation and in the scents and taste of sour orange, chinotto, bergamot and cedro. Having it read it all the way through, I will dip into it again to inspire me on visits to different parts of Italy.


    17. El país donde florece el limonero es una frase que Goethe utilizó en su libro Viaje por Italia en el que relataba su viaje por ese país en 1787. Yo no lo sabía pero Italia estaba plagada de plantaciones de cítricos en esa época, era la meca de la producción de cítricos en Europa. Atlee es una investigadora especialista en jardines y paisajismo, que nos lleva de viaje por Italia, por su geografía y su historia descubriéndonos ( o por lo menos descubriéndomelo a mí que no sabía nada d [...]


    18. I really wanted to enjoy this book. The cover is beautiful so I opened it with great expectation but failed to engage with it. I think the reason is to be found in the insight of another reviewer - Ms Atlee's writing style is more research than literary and the result is that the words are cold rather than engaging.


    19. A lovely book about the history and cultivation of the many varieties of citrus in Italy from Lake Garda in the north to Sicily and Calabria in the South. Essential reading for all lovers of Italy! Wonderful


    20. The best kind of armchair traveling - I learned so much and feel like I just returned from an amazing journey I wish I could stay on forever.




    21. Interesting and enjoyable read exploring the history of citrus within Italy. I particularly enjoyed the part about the mafia and their involvement in growing lemons.




    22. Wonderful book about my country! Following the citrus trail Attlee writes about art, culture, history and life in these very special places home of all sort of citrus variety. Makes me want to visit (or visit again) every single place and I already went looking for some of the artists mentioned. I'm only sorry that I cannot find a translation in Italian of this book to give as a gift to friend and family.


    23. This book leaves you with the refreshing taste of homemade lemonade served on ice or alternatively the lingering taste of a slice of lemon drizzle cake served with a pot of Earl Grey Tea infused with bergamot oil. The Land Where Lemons Grow brings you in touch with Italy and its privileged relationship with the early Chinese Mandarin, the Malaysian Pomelo and the Himalayan Citron. Italy has welcomed the early species of these fruit to develop a wonder of beauty, taste and commence. The journey s [...]


    24. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I'm giving this book my highest rating of five stars.The book reads slowly like a fine wine, and is a mixture of history, travel, art, science, and horticulture, as we are transported all over Italy, meeting interesting personages of the past and present who share all sorts of little-known jewels of knowledge. The book is a history of citrus in Italy which interweaves all these aspects of life. While reading, I enjoyed eating tangerines picked [...]


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