The almond blossoms are starting to bloom in Agrigento province. This one I photographed two days ago in the Sicani Mountains north of Agrigento. Soon the hillsides of southern Sicily will be painted white! It’s a beautiful season to be here.
Time To Shake The Trees
The almond harvest is underway in Agrigento Province (Photo Credit: Pierfilippo Spoto of Val di Kam)
The Kingdom’s Gelato
When I saw this gelato flavor tonight in Ischia, I had to try it! Kingdom of Two Sicilies flavor… What!? It is pistachio with fresh almonds and flakey pastry dough mixed in (the same dough used to make sfogliatella pastry, pasta sfoglia). Oh, yes! Grazie.
Sicily’s Almond Nougat
Freshly made almond nougat is prevalent at street festivals like Carnevale in Acireale, Sicily. The craftsmen who make the sugar and almond sweet, called cubaita in many parts of Sicily, put on a show right in front of your eyes, mixing and forming the boiling-hot, teeth-cracking bars in seconds as it quickly cools on the…
Agrigento’s Almond Blossom Festival
Agrigento has been abuzz in celebration of the annual arrival of the almond blossoms. 2016 is the 71st year that the city, famous for its Valley of the Temples UNESCO World Heritage Site, has held a variety of events recognizing the merits of the almond, the principal crop of the region. Among the events of…
She Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good
The visit of the friendly witch La Befana is celebrated on Epiphany Eve (January 5) throughout Italy. La Befana is recognized because of her broomstick, shawl, and sack filled with sweets and gifts for children. Legend is that she originally set out to meet the Baby Jesus, but never found her way to Bethlehem. To…
Fresh Almonds in Palermo
Fresh almonds at Palmermo’s ancient Il Capo street market.