Beware! Attenti! Mandrake (pictured), or Mandragora, is a perennial plant that grows in the Mediterranean. You’ll find them throughout Sicily in the fall and spring. They have long roots with a very short stem. When pulled from the earth, the plant and roots together resemble the human body–both men and women. The mandrake has medicinal…
Bougainvillea flowers gracing a sun-soaked door in Sicily.
A Brave Man
In memory of anti-Mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino, who was killed on July 19, 1992.
Flower from Stones
Marble pavement design of the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Custonaci, in Custonaci, Trapani, a capital of marble quarrying in Italy
Our May 2016 Sicily Tour, Day 6: Enjoy the View
Flowers over the Ionian Sea at Taormina We’ll be here on the evening of Day 6 of our May 2016 Experience Sicily with Chef Melissa Muller small-group tour. Join us! Contact AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com for more details.
Enchanting Sicily, Day 15: Sweet Jasmine
Our final day consisted of waking early in the morning for departure. So early that the jasmine flowers that release their sweet scent after sundown were still strongly aromatic. All of our senses were stimulated and challenged these past days – – for better or worse! My hope is that the sweet smell of jasmine…
Jasmine flower, photographed in Modica.
When It Blooms
This is a blooming caper flower. So, if the bud is picked before the flower blooms, that’s what is preserved and eaten with fish and vegetables. This same plant bears a fruit known as a caper berry, also eaten. Sicily is a major producer of capers, and the island of Pantelleria, off of Sicily’s southeast…