Cuccija

Cuccija is a traditional sweet dish from the Campania region of Italy. It is typically made during the Christmas season and can be found in towns and communes such as Naples, Salerno, and Avellino. The dish is made with simple ingredients such as wheat berries, dried fruit, nuts, and honey, and is often flavored with cinnamon and other spices.

One popular recipe for Cuccija involves soaking the wheat berries overnight, then boiling them until they are tender. The berries are then mixed with chopped dried fruit, such as figs and dates, as well as nuts like almonds and walnuts. The mixture is sweetened with honey and flavored with cinnamon before being shaped into small cakes or bars.

Cuccija has been recognized as a traditional Italian food product (PAT) by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. This designation ensures that the dish is made according to specific traditional methods and recipes, preserving its cultural and historical significance.

Sources:
– “Cuccia: la ricetta del dolce natalizio tipico della tradizione campana” – Giallo Zafferano (giallozafferano.it)
– “Cuccia, la ricetta del dolce natalizio tipico della tradizione campana” – Sale&Pepe (salepepe.it)