That Goat With Spiral Horns In Sicily

Distinguished by their spiral, tall horns and long hair, this rare breed of goat, called capra girgentana, is valuable for its milk that possesses an equal amount of fat to protein. The name girgentana recalls the old Sicilian name of the city of Agrigento, Girgenti.  During the mid-twentieth century, throughout southwestern Sicily, girgentana goats numbered…

In Ragusa It’s Like Spring

Somewhere in Ragusa Province… Where I am in now the northeastern United States, it’s fall right now, and everything is turning towards its winter mode. By contrast, in southeastern Sicily, it’s like spring. After the dry days of summer and June and July’s wheat harvest, this time of year the fields are starting to regenerate…

Western Sicily’s Salt Pans

The salt pans of Nubia, near Trapani along Sicily’s west coast are renowned by cooks throughout the world for the delicious sea salt Sicilians have harvested from here for centuries. The tuna fishing industry, which has existed here since Phoenician times (c. 800 BCE), prompted the development of the salt pans because salt is an…