Prickly Pears, a sweet “Sicilian secret”


The prickly pear, as the word itself says, is not a Sicilian fruit. It was “discovered” by the first Europeans who colonized America – then mistakenly called India – and initially it was not thought at all as a food. It was exhibited in gardens and botanical parks as a curiosity to amaze guests or […]

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What is a “Trunzu di Aci” and why you should taste it


When the people of Catania want to needle and bother the inhabitants of the nearby baroque town of Acireale, with whom they have always been in a rivalry, they say tyey are “teste di trunzu” (cabbage heads). That indicates their stubbornness, their being hard-headed like the trunzu cabbage that grows on their territory. Besides the […]

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Mt. Etna, autumn delights: a journey into taste


Our volcano Mt. Etna, in autumn, is coloured with magic. And not only because its woods are filled with yellow, red, orange leaves, but because the land offers its most precious gifts and the inhabitants of the mountain are ready to catch them in time. If you are on Etna between October and December do […]

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Sicily – land of orange diversity


Sicily – land of orange diversity The origin of the orange, the most common fruit in the world, is located in China and it was probably introduced to Europe in the 15th century. Nowadays, apart from Spain, also Sicily is famous for the vitamin-rich citrus fruit. Especially in the area of Mount Etna the oranges […]

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Your first time in Sicily? What specialties you shouldn’t miss!


The entire Mediterranean area offers dishes with flavours that are particularly intense under the southern sun, and the island of Sicily is certainly no exception. On the contrary: Regarding the cuisine Sicilians tend to be perfectionists. Good food in pleasant companyone of the most important aspects of the culture. All over the island, this rule […]

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