Mount Etna’s First Flora

When you walk on Etna’s craters you can imagine how rich the mineral-filled lavic soil will one day become. It takes 100 to 700 years for lava soil to support new vegetation growth. One of the first natural plants to return (and pictured here) is Sicilian astragalus. Others include camomile flowers, Etna rennet, and tansy…

The Vendemmia In Sicily

Currently throughout Sicily grape growers are measuring the sugar, acid, and tannin levels of their grapes in preparation for the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest. Up to now, wine-making has been about caring for the vines, pruning the growth, and ensuring that the fruit has received enough air, sunlight, and water for an abundant and…

Recipes For Fresh Garden Tomatoes And Parsley

Your beautious garden tomatoes and fresh farmer’s market parsley can be put to excellent use when you employ these Sicilian Cart Driver’s pasta recipes pictured. I will be hosting a complimentary Experience Sicily cooking meet-up on Monday evening (ET) via Zoom so you’ll learn my tricks to making these dishes de-lish! I’ll also discuss Sicilian…

On Sicily | Demeter And Persephone With Rosa Rizza

One can’t talk about Sicily without considering the ancient myth of the goddesses Demeter and Persephone (aka Kore). An agricultural society from the time of the ancient Greeks, the 4000-year-old story of mother and daughter and the circle of life and death helped the leadership of the Sicilian colony establish a new civilization and create…