Postcards from Sicily: Funky winter fruit

Friday Pic: Funky winter fruit

One funky winter fruit common here in Sicily are these gorgeous fruit called Corbezzoli in Italian or Mbriaculi in Sicilian. They are fuzzy little slightly spiky balls of sweet goodness. Apparently when animals eat too many of them they ferment in their stomachs making them slightly drunk.

According to Google translator these are Arbutus fruit, check out the Wikipedia entry!

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11 thoughts on “Postcards from Sicily: Funky winter fruit

  1. We have those here! in French they’re called “arbouses.” I haven’t found any with any flavour yet, the only lingering thing about them are the bits that get stuck in my teeth. Maybe I’m not far enough south.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. They look surprisingly like something that my neighbors had growing on a tree next door. I never thought they may be edible. We called them “squish berries” because they were very messy when they fell off the tree. I wonder if these are the same thing. Now I’m curious ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Try them and see, inside they are orange with little light coloured seeds. They grow on beautiful evergreen trees. I have no idea what they’d be in Italian, according to my online translator … corbezzoli are tree strawberries?!?! A mystery.

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  3. I just looked up corbezzoli on Google translate and it said ‘arbutus’. Do these come from arbutus trees? The arbutus we have in Canada don’t have fruit.

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  4. We call them Irish Strawberry trees here. I had one in the garden years ago but never realised that people could eat the fruit. They must taste different in Sicily as Gardening Australia says that its botanical name ‘unedo’ means “I eat oneโ€™. It does not mean that one will be poisonous, but rather that the taste is so bland that you would only want to try one.” (http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1089111.htm)

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    1. They are beautiful trees to have in the garden. I’ve eaten them but I’m not a fan, they are filled with pips and are rather fussy. I’ve heard they make jam out of them and a sweet liquor. Mind you Sicilian’s also love prickly pears, and they have some serious pips and are quite tricky to peel thanks to all the prickles!
      Thanks for the Gardening Australia reference, I was happy to find their true name!

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