Heaven in a jar for pistachio lovers!! This rich, creamy and dense paste is made in the little town of Bronte in the National Park of Mount Etna from Bronte Pistachios (awarded European Union PDO status in 2009) following a traditional Sicilian recipe. It’s delicious eaten alone straight from the jar or spread on a slice of bread or at Christmas time on Panettone. Packed full of nutrients, this sweet but healthy spread is also a popular filling for Sicilian cakes and desserts.
More about Bronte Pistachios...
The little town of Bronte in Siciliy has only 24,000 inhabitants but accounts for 1% of world pistachio production and it’s the only place in Italy where they are grown.
Pistchios grown in Bronte are special, the trees will only grow on lava rock from Mount Etna and produce fruit every two years. The harvesting of the fruit is laborious and must be done manually as the terrain is not accessible for machines. The Bronte pistachio ‘pistacia vera’ is an intense green colour, has an incredible aroma and is the only type used in many types of Sicilian sweets and desserts such as torroni, cassata and gelato. They are also added to cured meats such as sausages and mortadella.
Bronte pistachios are almost never salted and eaten like other types of nuts or indeed non-Italian pistachios.