Category Archives: Sicilian Tips

Edible Plants: “Acitosella”

This plants stem is edible and is called “Acitosella” in italian. It tastes like a lighter version of lemon and is great for your stomach health.

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How to preserve an Iceberg lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is often a fairly large vegetable and to avoid throwing out the rest, you can keep the salad fresh in the refrigerator up to a week with the following method:
– Cut the piece you need by also cutting through the stem
– Cut the stem to remove the brown part
– Put some water in a container. Very little water
– Place the salad in the container so that only the stem pipe water
Make sure the leaves are not touching the water because then the lettuce will rot quickly.

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How to Peel a Cactus Fruit

The Cactus Fruit (also called pricky pear, fichi d’india) is an amazing fruit, but has sticks that makes many avoid to eat the fruit. When you harvest the fruit, use industrial gloves and then brush the fruit with a thick brush to get rid of the sticks. Then it is time to peel the fruit:

1 & 2) Cut both ends

3) Cut a notch over the fruits long side

4) And then just roll out the fruit. The skin is thick and very easy to remove

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Jasmine to avoid mosquitoes

Put jasmine flowers by the bed to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes at night.

If the climate in your area allows, plant some jasmine bushes by your home. Grows well also in pots. Gives also a nice natural fragrance and are beautiful to look at.

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