The goodness and genuineness of Sicilian lemons and extra virgin olive oil come together to give life to biscuits: the Zigar├Č . This is how these biscuits bring Sicilian flavors and aromas to the table.

Lemons and extra virgin olive oil are just two of the products that this land gives us. Products that contain not only the unmistakable taste, but also many beneficial properties.

The lemon is a real gift of nature, since ancient times it was considered a sort of “panacea for all ills”. It is an indispensable and irreplaceable fruit for its countless beneficial and healing effects: it protects the immune system, aids digestion, reduces cholesterol levels, counteracts arteriosclerosis are just some of the benefits of this fruit.

Furthermore, the caloric content of lemons is very low, while it is very rich in citric acid, malic acid, essential oils, oligominarali with an abundance of potassium, vitamins A, B and C. The lemon in the kitchen is widely used, both in the form of juice, both as a condiment and enriches many dishes. Its very aromatic peel is often included in the ingredients to prepare and flavor desserts.

Not least is the extra virgin olive oil. Food known and esteemed in every part of the world, extra virgin olive oil fully expresses the essence of the Mediterranean diet.

The oil, which derives from the cold pressing of the olives, a factor that guarantees that all its nutritional components are preserved for a long time, is recognized for its innumerable virtues. Thanks to its properties, extra virgin olive oil is an excellent ally against numerous attacks on our body, it increases, for example, good cholesterol and lowers the harmful one. It is rich in antioxidants and substances with anti-inflammatory properties and promotes digestion.

Properties that the Biscottificio Tumminello has decided to incorporate in a biscuit, the Zigar├Č , to make them suitable at any time of the day. Perfectly adaptable to ice cream, granita for a snack or as an alternative way to have breakfast on hot summer days.

With a delicate taste, Zigar├Č are not simple lemon biscuits, but they will delight your palate in a unique way.

Tumminello biscuits are born from the love for a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation. Ancient recipes and simple ingredients that restore genuine flavors.

Even the period of the Easter holidays is for us at Biscottificio Tumminello a very important moment to recover some peculiar traditions of our territory.

In Castelbuono , a town nestled on the Madonie where our company is located, it is customary to prepare very special sweets for Easter: C osi i Pasqua .
Also this year, as per tradition, we wanted to prepare these delicious specialties. It is a long and laborious preparation, recreated on the basis of ancient recipes that are kept in every family and handed down.
These ancient biscuits come in various forms that recall the Easter theme. You can find cookies in the shape of little lambs, bells, hearts, pupae and much more. The various shapes are not recreated by molds or molds, but are made entirely by hand. Even their shape, therefore, is the result of the skill and mastery of those who prepare them.

Finally, the Cosi i Pasqua are decorated with sugar icing, the diavulicchi , or colored sugars, and the cannittigli , sugars with pieces of cinnamon inside.
Tradition has it that they are eaten already during breakfast on Easter Sunday, after fasting on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Given their particular shape and their beauty, they are often an original gift to give to friends and relatives: a gift that tells of Sicily and its millenary traditions and that we, year after year, continue to propose to keep alive a bond with the history of our territory that allows us to offer simply genuine flavors.

Here is a photo gallery of the preparation of these delicious biscuits in our laboratory.