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Incredibly sweet and fruity with a meaty consistency and astounding emerald hue, it’s no wonder that pistachios from Bronte are called “green gold.” Prized the world over for their pure, delicate flavor and exceptional color, Bronte pistachios are delicious eaten raw right out of the bag! Or lightly toast them in a pan to release their essential oils and intensify their flavor, and toss them into salads or make your own pesto by adding extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano and garlic for a delicious pasta sauce. In Sicilia, Bronte pistachios are a major ingredient in pastries and gelato; try them in cookies or cakes and enjoy the rich flavor of Sicilian tradition at your own table.

Bronte is a small town in northeastern Sicilia, in the province of Catania, near Mount Etna. These pistachios are exceptionally precious because the trees in this region are picked only every other year; on the off years, farmers discard the newly-formed fruit to give the tree a chance to rest and recuperate nutrients. The result is a spectacular treat, definitely worth the wait!

Our Bronte pistachios are selected for us by Caffè Sicilia, a pastry shop founded in 1892 on the main street of Noto, a picturesque baroque town perched on a hill southwest of Siracusa at the foot of the Iblei mountains. Carlo and Corrado Assenza are now the fourth generation in their family to run the shop, with an intense passion for the flavors and traditions of their region. Corrado is considered a pioneer among Italian chefs; educated in chemistry and biology, he brings the precision of scientific research to his recipes, drawing his inspiration from the grand tradition of Sicilian pasticceria to devise awe-inspiring new flavor combinations. He insists on using the best ingredients he can find from local farms for his line of marmalades, nuts and sweets, all produced by hand in the shop’s kitchen.

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