Prickly pear of Etna PDO
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The prickly pear of Etna is one of the symbols of Sicily, an emblem of sweet gastronomy, so precious that it has been awarded the Protected Designation of Origin. The prickly pear of Etna PDO is a fruit born on the slopes of the Sicilian volcano and which has literally drawn the landscape of those areas. The Etna prickly pear is divided into three qualities. The yellow one, or Sulfarin, the most widespread, with a soft, yellow-orange, firm, tasty pulp. The red or sanguine one, with a sugary, crumbly, juicy pulp. Finally the white or Muscaredda, the finest but also the most delicate, with fresh and crunchy pulp. The fruits are born from two blooms, one in summer where the fruits are called Agostani or Latin and one in autumn, with larger fruits called scozzolati or bastardoni.