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Italian almonds are some of the most delicious cookies in the world. They have an ancient history, due to the cultural and social transformations of the many towns and regions they had the opportunity to grow with. Are you ready to try out Italian almonds?
Sicilian almonds were first cultivated in the Middle East. They came in Sicily before 1000 BC. Several types of almond exist. They are related to several Bible's pages where it is said that almonds are referred to as amygdalus and luz. The Italian word for almonds is Mandorlo. If you go pay a visit to Sicily, you can see quite a huge blossom of almonds in February. The city of Agrigento holds each year an event called Almond Blossom Festival, where the beauty and taste of almonds is celebrated in all its power and varieties.
Italian sugared almonds
The so called "bomboniere", these Italian sugared almonds are gifts given by hosts to their guests on very special occasions such as weddings, baptism, First Communion or on other types of religious celebrations. They symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility and a wish to have a long and prosperous life. The sugared almonds are put inside a bag which is made of satin and is tied with ribbons whose colors vary according to specific occasions. They are often the main ingredients of giant cakes made by several types of materials.
Italian almonds biscuits
The main characteristic of Italian Almond biscuits is that they're very chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. You can picture in your mind how delicius that mixture must be. In fact, it's a flavour that never ceases to impress the common taste. It may be useful to remember that the fruit of the almond is a drupe, which consists of an hard sheell with the seed, protected by and outer hull.
Italian cantucci biscuits
Italian cantucci biscuits are among the most popular Italian products in the world. They're known in Italy as biscotti. Originating in the city of Prato, they are twice-baked, dry, crunchy almond cookies with an oblong shape and are traditionally dipped in Vin Santo. They derive their name from the medieval Latin word biscoctus, which means twice-cooked.
Italian amaretti biscuits
Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavoured, Italian liqueur produced in the city of Saronno. Moreover, it is also the name of some of the most delicious cookies in Italy: Amaretti, or macaroons.