Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Afternoon snack with homemade bread and pistachio cream



Do you know what the pistachio's cream or spread is? I bet everyone knows how is called the famous Piedmont nuts cream. It's Nutella of course, renowned all over the world! The word Nutella is actually unique and related to its brand Ferrero, but it has become such a part of Italians' everyday life that we started to use this name to call other similar things. 


In Sicily, for example, there is a cream or spread similar in texture that is made with the precious pistachio from Bronte, small town near Catania and in colloquial ways we referr to it as the pistachio's  Nutella. 

This "nutella di pistacchio" is green (as you can see in the pic above) and absolutely delicious. You can eat it on some fresh bread as a snack in the middle of the afternoon, or, as the filling of a pie or cake, if you want to impress your friends with a more original dessert, when you invite them for tea. 

The pistachio from Bronte also called the "Green goldis a variety named from the Latin Pistacia vera and is a Denomination of Protected Origin. (P.D.O.).

 
Pistachio is also used for savoury dishes (pasta with pesto for example) as well as for desserts, ice cream included, as shown in the pic here on the right (Source from encytum.blogspot.com), which flavour is just sublime.

If you ever come to Sicily, I suggest you try some of this pistaches recipes made either for sweet or savoury dishes, and if you can, buy a lovely green gold spread or the pistaches pesto version, in the typical shops that sell Sicilian specialties. 

You will love it and it would be the best souvenir you will ever get for yourself!!!

4 comments:

  1. Dear Friend, I have never been to the States but I am sure you can buy it online where they sell traditional Sicilian products :))

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  2. ive been to catania so often and i never ate it ):
    and they dont sell it here in germany so you may have a recipe for making it by myself?
    i dont think its only made by simply crushing pistaches right?

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  3. Hi Lory, thanks for your comment. I don't know the recipe because I have never tried to make it, but it's obviously quite elaborated, just like the more famous Nutella, but insteas of Pidmont nuts you have Sicilian pistaches.

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