Foods from Mount Etna

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Foods from Mount Etna

In addition to the wonderful citrus fruits the area around Mount Etna is also home to many other fabulous foods that are directly cultivated on the slopes of the volcano.

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Foods from Mount Etna

Known to the locals as ‘Muntagna’ the 3,350-metre-high Etna volcano dominates the eastern part of Sicily. For those who live in its shadow, Mount Etna has long been a source of both danger but also of great wealth.

The volcanic mineral rich soil, combined with the mild Mediterranean climate provides a uniquely rich territory that has profoundly shaped the agriculture and culture in the volcano’s surrounding communities.

In addition to the wonderful citrus fruits this area is home to many other fabulous foods that are directly cultivated on the slopes of the volcano.

Pistachios

If you ask any Italian where the best pistachios in country come from they will respond “Bronte” without hesitation. This small village, located at an altitude of 700m on the western slope of the volcano, has been home to pistachio cultivation since the Arab period.

Known as the “green gold” of Sicily pistachios are highly prized for their rich distinctive flavour. They are used in many local dishes including gelato, desserts, pesto sauces, with fish and even crushed up into a paste and spread on the top of pizza.

The villagers of Bronte love this nut pistachio so much that they celebrate it with a festival (a ‘sagra’ in Italian) every year in late September/early October. It’s a great time to visit the area, as you can enjoy the festival atmosphere and try authentic pistachio based recipes prepared by local, national and international chefs.

Known to the locals as ‘Muntagna’ the 3,350-metre-high Etna volcano dominates the eastern part of Sicily. For those who live in its shadow, Mount Etna has long been a source of both danger but also of great wealth.

The volcanic mineral rich soil, combined with the mild Mediterranean climate provides a uniquely rich territory that has profoundly shaped the agriculture and culture in the volcano’s surrounding communities.

In addition to the wonderful citrus fruits this area is home to many other fabulous foods that are directly cultivated on the slopes of the volcano.

Pistachios

If you ask any Italian where the best pistachios in country come from they will respond “Bronte” without hesitation. This small village, located at an altitude of 700m on the western slope of the volcano, has been home to pistachio cultivation since the Arab period.

Known as the “green gold” of Sicily pistachios are highly prized for their rich distinctive flavour. They are used in many local dishes including gelato, desserts, pesto sauces, with fish and even crushed up into a paste and spread on the top of pizza.

The villagers of Bronte love this nut pistachio so much that they celebrate it with a festival (a ‘sagra’ in Italian) every year in late September/early October. It’s a great time to visit the area, as you can enjoy the festival atmosphere and try authentic pistachio based recipes prepared by local, national and international chefs.