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almond pastry cream, a Roman and a tree

Pastry cream flavoured with ground almonds, used in tarts and cakes, frangipane was introduced to France by the Catherine de' Medici, who brought along a member of the noble Frangipani ('break the bread') family of Rome.

Tomb of Roberto Frangipanio in Rome

Another Frangipanio went on to make perfume for Louis XIII, and lent his name to the tropical tree.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by Anthony Majanlahti, Kimberly Vardeman