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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas in Puglia


If you ever decide to visit Puglia...the heel of Italy, the period I would recommend Christmas time.Why?Because you won't find ectreme cold and...the typical Christmas sweets will delight your palate.

For centuries, the cartellate have always been present on the table of Apulian families, even of the most humble ones. Flour, water, white wine, oil and figs or honey and nuts, reconnect us to the rest of the Mediterranean.

The cartellata is a small basket made of a thin layer of pastry (fried or baked), covered with the juice of cooked figs or with honey and nuts (depending on the area of Puglia). According to the popular tradition it stands for the sheet where the Little Jesus was wrapped. As for the name,according to some scholars, it should come from the ancient Greek word κάρταλλος = basket, due to its shape


Claudia Corriero
Translator and interpreter
Pulgia, Italy

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