Gelato Season: Don’t thank God, thank Catherine de’ Medici

I spent the next couple of hours either walking around with a gelato in my hand or on my knees in church asking to be forgiven for the sin of gluttony.

― Mark Leslie, Beyond The Pasta: Recipes, Language and Life with an Italian Family

Featured image credit © Gianluca Biscalchin

Featured image credit © Gianluca Biscalchin

You will be judged, believe me. Watched as you scan the gelato counter. What you put in your cup or cone tells who you are, like the choice of cup or cone itself. This is no time to revisit the chocolate, or the fondant, like so many winters past. It is Springtime! Time to delight in whimsy, in rose petal, in Brazilian fruits, pineapple, ginger, mint, lemon with sage, flavours that burst with spice and sass and liven up the warming days. I was just waylaid by a creamy number in Piazza della Passera named the Monna Lisa, (their spelling), heavy with spice, sweet with raisins, and an unexpected crunch of nuts. I wonder what that says about me?

Your gelato is your status symbol, and no one knew this better than Catherine de’ Medici. It was she who introduced gelato, served to the courts in France as a means of impressing the nobility with this novel Florentine delicacy. But who created the recipe?

Read more at The Medici Dynasty Website