One of the most sumptuous fruits of the Sicilian summer has to be the Tabacchere, a strange little squashed furry peach packed with enormous flavour.
I first saw these seemingly insignificant mini fruit on one of the many mobile fruit and vegetable stalls so common at the open air markets here in Sicily and took them as an inferior version of regular peaches.
I was seriously mistaken the Tabacchere are baroque masterpieces of the Sicilian estival fruits. They taste unlike any other peach a concentration of delicate sweetness with a pungent aroma that is quite intoxicating, even before they are fully ripe.
Over the past week we have been enjoying a case of Tabacchere, a generous gift from my brother in law, I say generous as the Tabacchere are a real luxury, at the peak of their growing season they can cost three times the price of regular peaches.
Our house is currently drenched in the perfume of these peaches, I’m sure if this aroma was turned into a perfume it would be a best seller. The Tabacchere smell as they taste and are a sensual pleasure filled with the sweetness of summer sunshine that lingers in the air and in your mouth.
I’m dying to try making a peach cobbler with these peaches and have been wondering how on earth to make the most of this surprising abundance to share them around with my extended Sicilian family and friends. Everyone should experience these Tabacchere.