Sicilian Tomatoes, Benedica

Sicilian Tomatoes

The fertility of Sicily’s volcanic soil is well-known and thanks to the Sicilian habit of having a vegetable garden I’ve never been without fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare throughout the year, from eggplants, capsicums, chili peppers, basil and tomatoes in the summer to peas, potatoes, pumpkins and broad beans in the winter. There is always something fresh to sample in the Southern kitchen.

This year the seasons were quite late and the heat lasted well into October so we had a late yet bumper harvest of tomatoes, which has been both a blessing and a curse. It means we are still collecting fresh tomatoes for a salads and enjoying fresh pasta sauce, now in early November but to be honest we are a little tired of these darn tomatoes.

We made enough tomato preserve and bottled sauce to last two years, from peeled whole tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, we even roasted them as a side to barbecued meat and filled every-single glass bottle, jar and container we had in the house the last lot went into plastic water bottles and frozen in the freezer as we had no where else to put it.

Like most people of Italian descent I grew up peeling, boiling and bottled tomato sauce every summer and everyone has their own time-tested method and recipe.

In my part of Sicily it’s simple just wash, cut and clean the tomatoes, boil them up in suggestive cauldrons,

Sicilian cauldron

pass them through giant juicing machines which separates the pulp from the skin,

Tomato juicer

the clean bottles are filled and boiled to preserve the flavor of the summer.

Tomato sauce

There is nothing like the colour and taste of Sicilian tomatoes…

Fresh Tomato sauce

Bless them … Benedica!



8 thoughts on “Sicilian Tomatoes, Benedica

  1. “a little tired of these darn tomatoes”

    That made me laugh, but I do envy you your tasty bounty during this coming winter.

    1. Happy to see you appreciated my attempt at humour, when things are so bountiful you do tend to get sick of them, no doubt I will appreciate those sun dried tomatoes in the dead of winter when summer seems a lifetime away 😉

  2. Here in Alberta Canada, after a long and glorious autumn (though tomatoes long gone), the snows have come and so, too, plummeting temperatures (-20 at night, colder with wind chills). Tomorrow, I head to the Italian shop to buy the ingredients make our winter stash of lasagna. Wish I had some of your tomato sauce, Rochelle. Looks beautiful and delisio!

      1. Aw, thanks for the offer! But Hubby makes tomato sauce most years. It gives him the perfect excuse – indeed, he is OBLIGED – to drink his way through several gallons of beer to acquire the empty bottles for it! 😉
        BTW header all A OK now! 🙂

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