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cerase

cherries

Or singular, cerasa. Another word for ciliegie.

In Assisi, there is a story that as Santa Chiara (St Clare) lay on her death bed, she asked her nuns for a cerasa, even though they were out of season... but miraculously were able to find one.

A similar story is told of the dying St Francis, who asked for mostaccioli dolci.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Vicente Villamón