Sicily has a reputation for its sweets, and many are created with the island's almonds, a tradition for centuries. Since Arab times, the trees have flourished in Sicily and given many sweet temptations using the nuts. The varieties that grow here are rather distinct, particularly rich in aroma and flavor. The orchards are concentrated mostly around Noto and Avola, and scattered around the province of Siracusa. It is a Slow Food valued product.
The trees are beautiful, the first to flower in the spring with their distinct blossoms. The nuts are harvested in July and August. Old desserts from the Arab tradition like nougat (they whipped egg whites with honey and crushed almonds) are still available, along with a variety of cookies, biscotti, marzipan, amaretti and of course the famous cassata cake. Amaretto liqueur and candied almonds, known as confetti, are also popular here.
Be sure to taste some of the treats while you're visiting the area!
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Its unique and special characteristics, very much appreciated even abroad, gives the name to "Fico Bianco del Cilento": once dried, the sweet peel gets light yellow coloured rather than chestnut brown if oven-cooked.
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