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Welcome to My Sicilian Love Affair where I will be sharing all the juicy details about my (not so secret) “love affair” with Sicily from what to eat and where to visit, to how to dress the part and traditions to follow. 


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what are ficchi d'india?

The Fico D'India/ Ficchi D'India (plural) or prikly pears as we know them, are a sweet fruit that grow off a cactus plant.There are three different  Prickly pears varieties, having 3 distinct  colors: The Sulfarina the most widespread and therefore less in demand variety, has a typic orange-yellow flesh and a slightly powdery consistency; Muscaredda, a sweeter and more crunchy variety, having a white pulp,  and finally the Sanguigna, which is characterized by its red-purple pulp, incredibly juicy and sweet.The flesh is juicy and sweet and contains many seeds, which the locals devour without a thought. Excess fichi d’India are transformed into preserves, juices, condiments, liquors and even skincare products – the essential oils of the fruit’s seeds being highly prized. Prickly pears are not only good for the skin however. In terms of nutrition, they have many advantages, including a low calorie count and a high concentration of vitamin C, magnesium and fiber. Research also shows that prickly pears have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, two aspects that might explain why some Sicilians consider it the perfect hangover cure ;)

The beautiful range of color of the ficchi d'india have inspired my Ficchi D'India armparty which can be found here!