Sicilians eat seasonally. Their kitchens are very much in tune with which fruits and vegetables and even what dairy products and marine life are better tasting and plentiful throughout the year. For example, right now, artichokes are in season, so the tables of many homes are blanketed with “carciofi” prepared in different ways. Compared to those in the US, native Sicilian artichokes are smaller, more compact, and topped with sharp thorns. The heart is the best part!