Showing posts from October, 2019

Making Sicilian Sweet and Sour Pumpkin

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Sicily. Harvest is in full swing which means that you can taste the first plump grapes and olive oils of the season, plus wholesome chestnuts and mushrooms, bursting pomegranates, juicy mandarins and apples among many other autumnal delights. Sicily is where Europe ends and Africa begins. It began its history as part of Ancient Greece and soon became part of the Roman Empire. Thereafter the island was invaded by the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and Bourbons before unifying with Italy. Each conquest left its mark on the island by introducing a variety of fresh produce. The island itself is very fertile thanks to the volcanic soil from Mount Etna which creates unique delicious fruit and vegetables. In autumn you can enjoy hearty dishes in Sicily, and one of the most popular ingredients you will find is Zucca (pumpkin). You will see this vegetable with its round ribbed skin and deep orange colour, being sold at markets or at

... an abundance of Grapes

"Home is Where the Wine is Waiting"   One of the most amazing experiences you can enjoy in Sicily is visiting a winery where you can enjoy true Sicilian hospitality and be made to feel at home and part of the family. These fascinating tours take you all the way through the wine making process and end with the most exciting part … The wine tasting. Wine tasting experiences usually begin in the vineyard where you will learn how vines are trained to harvest perfectly ripe grapes. Then you will learn about the wine-making method and how the fermentation process works before the finished product is bottled for sale. Then comes the very special experience of sampling the wines, which is usually accompanied by fresh local produce such as cheeses, salami, hams, olives, honey, salsiccia (sicilian sausage) just to name a few, each which compliments the wines you are tasting. Denominazione di Origine Controllata known as DOC   is a quality assurance label for Italian wines.