Sicilian Marzipan Fruits
Well known and loved throughout Italy these ‘Frutta Martorana’ are made with local organic almonds by our friends at Donna Elvira in Modica on the south of the island. This delicious Sicilian speciality is said to have originated at the Martorana Monastery near Palermo where nuns decorated empty fruit trees with colourful marzipan oranges, mandarins and lemons to impress a visiting archbishop at Easter time!
Realistically coloured with vegetable dyes and shaped like fruits and vegetables, these hand-made marzipan sweets are wonderful as a gift or look amazing displayed on the table as a special after dinner treat!
Please note that this particular type of marzipan has quite a hard texture, so different to the marzipan fruits you may find in the UK.
Avola almonds, organic cane sugar, natural colours.
Modica is a small town on Sicily’s southern coast rich in art and history. It has been declared cultural patrimony by UNESCO. In the centre of the town you can find Donna Elvira’s shop just by following the wonderful aroma! Donna Elvira is an award winning family run company, established in 1999 and one of just a handful of producers of the traditionally made Modica chocolate. Their Modica chocolate flavoured with Bolivian Mirror Salt has just been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal at the 2013 Chocolate awards, their vanilla chocolate took silver!
Donna Elvira pride themselves on using organic locally-sourced ingredients as well as the best quality organic cocoa varieties from Central and South America. You will never find anything artificial in their products, neither flavours, colours nor preservatives.