The Sweets of Sicily's Aeolian Islands

May 22, 2021 194

BY: Salvatore Spatafora

Sicilian sweets are famous worldwide, and the island's desserts are just as diverse as its various territories. Fragments of volcanic rock surrounded by the different shades of blue from the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian archipelago consists of seven islands off the Northern coast of Sicily, called “the daughters of fire and earth.” Though they seem similar at first glance, each of these seven sisters has its own soul and identity that differentiates it from the others.

Salina is nicknamed “green island” for its rows of vines harvesting the Malvasia grape and endless fields of capers, two of the Aeolian Islands' most quintessential products. A strong local heart still beats in the hinterland, evident in the variety of ingredients comprising the traditional vegetable, grain, and fruit dishes. 

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