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20 Sicilian Sweets & Desserts You Must Try

In Sicily desserts are the crowning finish to a meal and not just for those of us who have a sweet tooth.  The "Dulce Finale" demands a chefs undivided attention because the end result remains fixed longest in our culinary memories. The Sicilians love for all things sweet has ancient roots and in antiquity honey on the island was prized for sweetening local produce and wine.  When the Arabs arrived in Sicily in the ninth century they brought sugar cane, crystallized fruit and other delicious goodies such as sugared almonds. They also left much more than sugary traces behind. During their 250 years domination on the island they created an elaborate irrigation system thereby making possible the Sicilian fruit orchards.  The sugar cane industry flourished in Sicily until the late fifteenth century when, with the discovery of the New World, the sugar plantations moved across the Atlantic. The Sicilian sugar industry responded to foreign competition but survived only until the la

Sicily's 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Heritage Sites are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or any other form of significance.  The sites are judged to contain "cultural" and "natural" heritage around the world which are considered to be of outstanding value for humanity.  To be selected a World Heritage Site must somehow have a unique landmark which is geographically and historically identifiable and have special cultural or physical significance. So it goes without saying that Sicily with its beauty, its rich history and culture and amazing geography is one of the places in the world that boasts many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Italy has a total of fifty five inscribed properties making it the country with the most World Heritage Sites, along with China, and seven of those ar