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This week's theme is Growth.
This is a lemon growing on one of two lemon trees I have on my rooftop terrace in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere. The medieval bell tower you see in the background isn't visible from the street level, so you're getting a peek at something that many visitors to Rome and even residents of Rome will never see!
The lemon tree was a housewarming gift from one of our dear friends, Fabio, who is an engineer now living near London (ci manchi, Latta!), and in three years the growth I have seen on this tree has been incredible.
When the lemons are ripe, we use them to make limoncello, a typical lemon-flavored digestivo liqueur that is normally sipped from a small shot glass after dinner. I am looking forward to picking these when they are ready, probably in February or March.