Bizzarely-Named Foods: These Sicilian Cookies

Normally, I avoid posting two food pictures in succession, but I wanted to thank journalist Sharon McDonnell for including me in her latest story for Fodor’s Travel about bizarrely-named foods! (Thank you!) When McDonnell asked for such examples, these biscotti immediately came to mind. Called Lingua di Suocera, or Mother-Law’s Tongue, perhaps this pastry gets its name from the acerbic taste of the central ingredient that’s wrapped within the sweet butter cookie: citron marmalade. Yes, add this to the list of the many Sicilian pastries that have a sense of humor! I photographed these at Pasticceria Maria Grammatico in Erice.

Please see McDonnell’s entertaining and well-researched article at

And don’t forget to watch what you say!


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