Fruit, vegetables and desserts

Panficato del Giglio

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Panficato
Panficato

Giglio Island Sweet Panficato is a typical sweet from the Island of Giglio. To be more exact it comes from Giglio Castello, the fortified neighbourhood of the island. Here figs and grapes are dried on granite surfaces and underneath the mediterranean sun.

It should remind true lovers of tuscan cuisine of panforte, since they have a common history. In 1544, the Medici family forced many people from Siena to move to the island and repopulate it. They began to make a new version of their panforte using the ingredients present on the Island of Giglio. Wine was a rarity, just like honey and chocolate so a sort of must made from the grape pedicels were used. Extremely dense and literally heavy, its value is certainly historical and connected to the flavor of the sun and sea shining through.

Cover image credit: Andrea L. "Bowman"