Frutta Martorana is one of the specialties of Sicilian culinary tradition. It is a traditional marzipan sweets in the form of fruits and vegetables.
The name has its roots in the Martorana monastery, founded in Palermo in 1934 and present still now. The monastery was very well known for their gardens and trees, so that the Pope decided to visit it. Unfortunately the time of the year was not ideal, as in autumn most of the trees were bare. The nuns still wanted to look good in front of the visiting Pope and so they kneaded almond flour and sugar to create some sweet fruits that they used to decorate the trees again. Surely they must have done a great job because this sweet is still very popular today :)
Curiously, Frutta Martorana was traditionally prepared for children on All Saints' day. It was told that if children were leaving their shoes by the bedside or behind the door, the next day the passing deceased souls would leave a big basket of Frutta Martorana.
Despite their amazing taste, Frutta Martorana is made following a very simple recipe and with very few ingredients, namely almonds, sugar and vanilla, plus some cloves and colorants for the garnishings. Nowadays, next to the traditional fruit forms of the frutta martorana, we can find many other shapes as fish or legumes.
We are very excited to announce the introduction of the Frutta Martorana in the Original Sicily range. You can order it online on our website or visit us at La Cigale Market every weekend to try this amazing traditional sicilian recipe.