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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In Taormina, taste your granita at Isola Bella


If you already love Taormina, the beautiful medieval “queen of the Ionian Sea”, you might forget it for a moment when you will see her little daughter, Isola Bella. This “Beautiful Island” will charm you as soon as you will admire it from the highway or from the view points, up on Taormina’s hill. You […]

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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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