Appetizer // First Course // Second Course
Recipe of the Sicilian peasant tradition!
FAVE A CUNIGGHIU – RABBIT BEANS.
What do broad beans have to do with rabbits? It seems that the term “cunigghiu”, or rabbit, derives from the fact that the beans, placed in the center of the table, were rigorously picked up by the guests, using their fingers, crushing the skin with their teeth and letting the inside of the bean come out. All this would be reminiscent of the way rabbits eat. In spring, in Sicilian homes, it is a real ritual to cook and eat “Rabbit beans”. In the past it was considered a poor dish, so much so as to name it “fave a cunigghu” to make people believe that they cook meat, therefore belonging to a higher social status. Today it is a real luxury to have inherited such a rich dish directly from the Sicilian peasant tradition.