Amber, golden, translucent, creamy, sweet, herbal, floral, there is no shortage of adjectives available to describe nature's sweetest, purest candy: honey. For some, honey might just be the delicious bioproduct of the laborious honey bee's life. To others, it can serve as a biological map identifying the health and verdure of an entire ecosystem. For all of us, the stunningly diverse and unique nectar is a gift.
Bright, fresh, and sweet, the intoxicating scent of citrus floats on Sicily's saline Mediterranean breeze, swaying through the hills like the gentle surf that caresses its shoreline. Across the verdant island, striking hues of yellow, green, and orange pop through curtains of greenery. This symphony of color, smell, and taste springs from sidewalks, crawls up mountainsides, and adorns roadways, making Sicily the iconic citrus paradise it is beloved as.
The New Year, no matter when or where you celebrate it, is a signal of hope and rejuvenation. It is a time to reflect and think through both the good and bad that touched our lives throughout the past year. As we step into the start of our next cycle, it is also a time that we look forward, often beckoning a desire for change and betterment, however that may look. In Italy, this inevitable progression of time is celebrated with various customary practices and tradtitional food to both bid farewell to the past, and welcome the forthcoming future.
One of our favorite ways to incorporate fish into a tradition Sicilian Christmas dinner is by baking it to perfection in a dome of salt. Trapping moisture within its crust, salt baking a fish results in delicate, melt in your mouth bites of fish. Serve with our preserved lemon salsa to bring a fresh taste of the Mediterranean to your Christmas table this year.
Bringing influences from Arabia, Greece, Spain, and France, Sicilian caponata is an expression of the islands history. Stewed into a deliciously tangy, sweet and sour agrodolce sauce, eggplant is traditionally the hero of the classic dish. This adaptation swaps eggplant for hearty squash, making it the perfect dish to serve for the holidays.
As one of the world's leading almond producers, the delicious nut flavors many Sicilian dishes. From pastas, to fish, salads, and of course desserts, almonds have been worked into various shapes, tastes and uses to flavor local cuisine for centuries. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, Pasticcini Siciliana alle Mandorle (or amaretti) are a holiday favorite.
Native to the Monti Sicani region of Sicily, the Biancolilla Centinara olive tree species was thought to be extinct until a team of researchers at the University of Palermo, including our Chief Scientist and Master Botanist, Dr. Pasquale "Mimmo" Marino, rediscovered it. Self-pollinating and quick to produce fruit, Mimmo recognized the importance of this varietal and carefully nurtured the species to once again thrive in the soils of its heritage.
Whether it's the brand, the shape, or the ingredients that help you choose what pasta to keep in your pantry, we want to help answer some commonly raised questions about our pasta specifically, as well as the broader, oh-so-wonderful-world of pasta at large.