Basilisk from Madonie
Walter Baxter - CC2.0
The basilisk is an extremely delicious product, so much so that it is called the white truffle of the Madonie . It is a plant that grows from March onwards on steep and inaccessible terrain, among the rocks at an altitude of 1500 meters. Both the fungus and the leaves are used from the basilisk plant. The delicious mushroom is mainly eaten raw, with at most a drizzle of oil to enhance its flavor, some restaurateurs have recently started to use it even grated on dishes such as pizza. The leaves, on the other hand, are used as fodder for cows, sheep and goats during the only month of flowering, between May and June. The basilisk will then give milk and its derivatives unique aromas and indescribable perfumes.