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A prodigious food
It has extraordinary nutritional, antibacterial, antibiotic and cosmetic properties.
In right amounts it is suitable for children, the elderly, the sick and people practicing sports.
by Novella Pranzo
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Carteddhrate (typical Apulian Christmas “sweets”) covered with honey. Photo by Dario Ersetti

Purceddhruzzi and carteddhrate


Makes about 1.5 kg of purceddhruzzi and carteddhrate:


- 1 Kg of all-purpose flour

- 150 cc of extra virgin olive oil

- about 150 cc of dry white wine

- 50 cc of alcohol or anisette liquor

- 60 g of sugar

- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

- 1 small packet of baking powder

- juice and peel of 1 orange

- 1 lemon

- 1 mandarin

- salt

- about 200 g of frying oil

- honey

- grated plain chocolate

- pine nuts

- aniseed



Nutrition facts per 100 g of purceddhruzzi and carteddhrate:


- energy : Kcal 510

- protein: 9.7 g

- lipids: 22,7 g

- glucides: 70,5 g

- fibre: 2,3 g


Honey is the result of the industriousness of bees, a food with innumerable beneficial qualities and a precious ally of our health.

In the ages before Christ honey was defined as “nectar of the gods”. Its nutritional, antibacterial, and antibiotic properties were already known and it was used both for healing purposes and in cosmetics.

The consumption of honey is beneficial for the respiratory tract, muscles, heart, liver, kidneys and digestive tract, blood and bones. In particular, honey soothes coughs healing congestion in the upper respiratory tract and it also has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect on the throat. It regulates cardiac activity, increases diuresis, protects and detoxifies the liver and increases the levels of calcium and magnesium in the bones.

A very important nourishment for those who practice sport especially at high levels. In this case honey is recommended before, during and after physical effort. It increases physical resistance and favors a rapid recovery of energy that has been used.

Honey promotes growth and muscle development and is, therefore, particularly indicated in a child’s diet. Moreover, it promotes the fixation of minerals in the body, above all calcium in the bones. For this reason mothers should use honey as the only sugar in the diet of their children.

Excellent for children, honey is essential for the elderly since, thanks to its high caloric and nutritive power, it is energy-giving and is also highly digestible and easy to assimilate.

Therefore, honey is a food suitable for everyone: children, the elderly, the sick and people practicing sports, except for those who suffer from diabetes and those who must follow a low caloric diet with a low content of sugars.

It should also be remembered that in order to benefit from the extraordinary properties of honey one should not consume it occasionally; in the right amount – not more than 30 g – it should be part of our daily diet.

Finally, we should not forget, its many qualities in cosmetic and therapeutic use. Honey is used in many face and body packs and creams because of its capacity to regenerate tissues and promote the healing of burns and lacerations, thanks to its content of flavonoids, which have an antioxidant power.

In conclusion, because of its extraordinary soothing, protective and regenerating properties as an effective anti-ager of the skin, honey was already used by Cleopatra. Who could have been a better testimonial?

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