Arab influences in Sicilian food (Lisa)
- allan evans
In dialect, the zucchini is a 'cucuzza'. I just
remembered and checked that in Arabic (Egyptian that
is), the word for zucchini is kuusa (koo'oosa). Do you
know some other examples of unusual dialect words for
ingredients that can be traced?
Well, the most obvious is cuscusu, also uscuso or
muscuso (all cous-cous, of course).
Howard M. Isaacs
The Italian Traveler
I have also heard that the eggplant is from middle
eastern influance also...or I could be mistaken...but I
am pretty sure I have heard this too.
If this interests you I suggest you contact ARBA
SICULA, an organization that seeks to preserve the
Sicilian LANGUAGE (not dialect). You can contact them
at :Prof. Cipolla, Italian Studies, St Johns
University, Jamaica NY. They publish extensively on the
Sicilain language, it's root in the many cultures that
swept over S