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The Great Unknowns
Sicily's unknown treasure.
Pizzuta trees bloom along the seacoast of southeastern Sicily in winter, when most other crops are deep in slumber. The conditions are excellent for almonds: fertile soil, lots of sun, cool nights. The annual yield is small, which makes them a luxury in terms of price, but the flavor is unmatched. It's milky, sweet, nutty and intense with a whisper of bitterness that lingers and a haunting aroma that stays with you for minutes after you eat one.
In my experience, few other almonds compare to pizzuta. A small handful next to a great pecorino cheese is a startlingly delicious experience.
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