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honey and nut sweet

Cupèta is made in Calabria and Puglia with honey, sugar, sesame seeds and toasted almonds, or with walnuts in the Valtellina, and allowed to harden. Often eaten around Christmas.

The name is said to derived from the Arabic for sweet, qubbaita or Kubaba.

Also see the Sicilian form, cobaita.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Florixc