Wednesday, October 04, 2006


This is mostata, also, confusingly, known as mostarda. It is made from grape must boiled up with wood ashes and other ingredients such as raisins and almonds. Each province has its own way of making it. I have to say that I find it leathery and liquoricey so perhaps it is an acquired taste. The Trinacria pattern is a symbol of Sicily.


Ballpoint Wren said...

I do not like licorice so I doubt I would like this, but once again, I do love it when you describe Italian things like mostata.

Leaning into destiny... said...

The flavor is very different from licorice, which I do not like, and mastata is an excellent in between treat to curb ones appitite. It is nutritious and healty and has been used for hundreds of years in Sicily precisely because it stores well and increases the overall yeild of the grape growers efforts. I am trying to introduce this in America but the big food producers are reluctent to have a healty alternative cut into their profit margins.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hello, Leaning into Destiny. I don't like it personally but I know it is healthy. I can imagine the opposition you are encountering there but good luck.


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