52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Fantastic Feasts and Festivals

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #16. Fantastic Feasts and Festivals Sicily‚Äôs community rituals will enchant you. Case in point: Yes, that is a big artichoke! Because annually on April 25, the town of Cerda (Palermo Province) celebrates the Sagra del Carciofo or Artichoke Festival, in honor of their main crop. Cerda’s party is one of…

Stars of the Spring Table

The staples of the spring table in Sicily are fava beans and artichokes. For centuries, fava beans were the protein foundation of “cucina povera” (“poor kitchen”) or the cuisine of the common man. Artichokes are plentiful this time of year, seemingly growing everywhere. This steaming dish if these two stars was made by my cousin…

Say It, You’ll Like It

Carciofo (or carciofi, plural) is one of my most favorite Italian words to say. It sounds and feels like when you are chewing, (Car-Chiey-Oh-Foh) which is why I like it. It means artichoke. And well, in Sicily, spring is artichoke season! Artichokes pervade every market right now, and you know what that means–there are artichoke…

Springtime Artichokes in Sicily

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…