Walking through the streets of Sicilian towns, I am only magically attracted by the Sicilian colors, and today, my attention falls on the Martorana Fruit.

The Martorana fruit is a dessert made with marzipan and takes the form of different types of fruit typical of Sicily. Its colors are so intense and true that they adorn the windows of many Sicilian confectioneries.


Living in your native country is very different from visiting your native country. When you live in your country, you won’t notice all the beautiful and unique things surrounding it because you are so used to your environment, but when you leave your country. You live in another country or place for a while, and when you come back, you start to notice all the intricate and beautiful things you never thought were special when you lived there. I revisited some places that were indifferent to me in the past, but then, when arriving, I discovered that I was captivated by the bricks of the houses and the flowers on the windowsill.

Selinunte Temple

Every corner of my culture was illuminated tenfold; it is something indescribable.

Staying hours under the sun (don’t worry, I had my SPF), being cradled by the waves of the crystalline sea, or admiring the intense colors of the sunset, everything was breathtaking.

Sunset - Alcamo Marina

I also visited small villages that were distinctive for the beauty of their landscape and for the goods they produced, such as ceramics that are painted vividly with the colors of Sicily.

Sicilian Ceramic

Walking through the historic center of Palermo, with its monuments and historic buildings, you can perceive the intense history of emotions that this land has hosted, sometimes suffered, and handed down over time.

Cathedral Palermo

Palermo is also famous for its historical markets: Ballaro`, Vucciria, and Capo, a chaos of sounds, smells, flavors, colors, and sensations.

Vucciria by Renato Guttusu

The Martorana Fruit precisely represents the colors and emotions of these markets. Although the colors and the markets seem chaotic, each “fruit” is positioned in its own place, which is sorted out by color.

The Martorana fruit came from the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (known as the Martorana) in Palermo.

In 1193, the noblewoman Eloisia Martorana had a Benedictine monastery built next to the church. The story states that the convent’s garden and vegetable garden were among the most beautiful in the city. The nuns were proud of their garden and its beautiful fruits.

In a matter of time, their pride reached the bishop’s ear, which he peaked in interest in and wanted to go personally see.

However, the visit was made in autumn for the feast of All Saints, so the trees were already devoid of fruit. The nuns then created fake fruits with marzipan to decorate the trees and embellish the garden.

The ingredients of the Martorana Fruit are the classics of Sicilian pastry: almond flour, sugar, glucose, durum wheat flour, and various aromas.

The method consists of making a syrup made out of water and sugar brought to a temperature of 110 ° C (230° F), to which the almond flour is added with aromas such as cinnamon, vanilla, lemon, or orange extract…

The dough is left to rest for about 16 -20 hours and then molded with molds or freehand. When the dough is dry enough, it goes to the final phase, which involves coloration and polishing. For the coloring, it is possible to use food colors. At the same time, desiccated shellac or Arabic gum is necessary for the glossy finish to give the small fruits a nice, shiny, and uniform appearance.

Martorana Fruits

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