The "Quartered"Have been made for many years to adorn and embellish the"Artari of San Giuseppe"On March 19. They are pasta leaves stuffed with shredded figs. Well worked by hand, the quartered pieces take on different shapes, all linked to symbols of religiosity: heart, peacock, monstrance, palm, cross and fish, carving.
The term "Squartucciatu" means finely carved: and for the carving to be at its best it is necessary that, having removed the carved part, on the layer of white flour paste, the underlying layer formed by a paste of brown dried figs stands out.
Product included in the national list of traditional agri-food products (PAT)
Type PAT : Fresh pasta and products from the bakery, biscuits, pastry and confectionery
Production area: Poggioreale
From the network: Lu Squartucciatu
Technical data sheet of the traditional agri-food product (PAT)
Area of production: All the municipal area of Poggioreale.
Brief description of the product: Heart, peacock, monstrance, palm, cross and fish shapes, intaglio work.
Description of the processing and maturing methods: 00 flour, lard, sugar, dried figs, minced, arrange a leaf of pasta, roll out the figs in the desired shape, cover with another sheet and proceed with the carving with special equipment. They can be kept for years with careful treatments.
Specific materials and equipment used for preparation and conditioning: Wooden shelves (scanaturi) for the dough, special small sharp knives for scalloping, preferably a wood oven.
Description of the processing, storage and maturing rooms: Rooms usually intended for family cooking, long-term storage.
Elements proving that the methodologies have been practiced in a homogeneous way and according to traditional rules for a period of not less than 25 years: An ancient tradition to decorate and enrich the altar in honor of St. Joseph recurring on March 19 of each year.
Source Pat Cards: Sicily Region
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