There is an old Sicilian saying which says on the island there are only two seasons, ‘the good’ and ‘the bad’. In a place of few subtleties, there can only be good or bad and little in between. The seasons are either bountiful or frugal.
A Sicilian will hibernate in winter and interact with the seasons appropriately, participating in a series of well rehearsed rites. They are very much products of their surroundings, seeking comfort, meaning and a sense of identity from their communities and environment. Sicilian, by birth, by habit and with a faith in their native land.
The island is a world away from the rest of Italy, not only in a geographical, industrial or political sense, but in the way it distinguishes itself through a distinct culture and lifestyle.
Traditions are a part of everyday life in Sicily. Many meals, ingredients and habits are inherited from past generations, bombarded by a mixture of invading cultures and an inbuilt connection to the natural environment.
One of the more subtle elements of existing traditions is the observation of certain culinary rites performed during the different seasons.
Sicily has always been a fertile place, its rich volcanic soil produces abundant vegetation including a mixture of edible plants which grow wild and other’s who have been introduced and gone onto become staples of traditional Sicilian cuisine.
One of the pleasures of living or visiting Sicily is the simple, fresh seasonal produce and the rustic way it is prepared.
Come with me to have a taste of Sicily.
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