Culinary Easter Tradition in Italy
On the Easter table we find foods characteristic of the rural tradition Italian recipes More
On the Easter table we find foods characteristic of the rural tradition:
the ears of wheat turned into bread (it has a votive meaning);
herbs, almost always in the form of rustic pies (the most famous pasqualina cake, which comes from Genoa);
Easter eggs, which have different origins, halfway between the sacred and the profane.
Throughout the world, the egg is the symbol of Easter because eggs have always been the symbol of life that is born, but also of mystery, almost of sacredness.
It is said that the Madonna made Jesus child play with colored eggs and that on Easter Sunday when he returned to the sepulcher of the Son, he found some red eggs on the edge of it. It is also said that Mary Magdalene presented herself to Emperor Tiberius to give him an egg with a red shell, a testimony of the Resurrection of Jesus and that Mary, Mother of Christ, brought a golden basket full of eggs as a tribute to Pontius Pilate to implore liberation of the Son.
Tradition has it that the morning of Easter is eaten the salty pizza is shaped like a panettone with salty dough, enriched with fresh pecorino cheese in cubes, grated pecorino cheese, eggs and olive oil.
Among the desserts, the most classic is the Easter dove, the Neapolitan pastiera, and sweet pizza.
It is said that in the middle of the sixth century Alboino, king of the Lombards, during the siege of the city of Pavia, received a leavened bread in the form of a dove.
The dove was a sign of peace; since then, this sweet made of simple ingredients like eggs, flour, and yeast, was enriched with butter, sugar and candied fruit and entered the Easter tradition.
On the classic pastiera it is said, instead, that the wives of some fishermen left baskets with ricotta, candied fruit, wheat, eggs and orange blossom on the beach so that the sea brought back the husbands home. In the morning, the women found the fishermen and saw that the waves had mixed the ingredients and created the cake.
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