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Frutta Martorana

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Martorana Fruit

This refined product, a symbol among the sweet specialties from Sicily, has its name and origin derived from the same Convent in Palermo. The Church of Martorana, also known as St.Mary of the Admiral because built under the rule of George of Antiochia, Roger II's admiral, is a building dating back to the Norman period (approx. 1143). The Norman conquest of Palermo was carried out in year 1072 by Roger I from Altavilla.
Says the tradition that, during the Norman rule, the nuns of the nearby Benedictin monastery, founded in 1194 by the noble Elisa Martorana, had prepared, for the first time ever, some fruit, it seems some citrus, then hung up on the trees in place of those already picked up, so to enrich the appearance of the Convent garden during the visit of a very important personality: a high prelate or even a king.
Hence the name of the paste employed: Pasta Reale - translated as Royal Paste - originally made of sugar or honey, grounded almonds and egg white, through the years has been modified and become what we know today as marzipan and Frutta Martorana (marzipan fruit).

The marzipan fruit we produce, then Frutta Martorana, is entirely made by hand following ancient methods.
Just a few fruits are shaped in a mould: most of them are shaped by hand and all of them are refined employing the ability of craftsmen, so skilled as to make each piece a unique one.
Coloring the fruits, again a process made by hand, means following some steps that make the fruits themselves "become ripe" in the hands of our craftsmen, looking like real ones.


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