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My first taste of Sicily is a palm-sized ball of deep-fried rice with a gooey pistachio pesto centre. It’s simultaneously soft and crunchy, perfectly spherical … and also, female. “Now pay attention,” says Francesca Incao, the fabulously expressive Italian guide taking me on a historical walking tour of Palermo. “For us, this food is a female named arancina!” She emphasises the “a” sound with a flourish of her slender hand, “and it is the shape of an orange. No arancino”. She almost hisses the last word.

At the other end of Sicily, in the eastern town of Catania – home to the football club that’s the Palermo team’s fiercest rival – these saffron-flavoured street snacks are deemed male and named . And that makes perfect sense when you observe that they’re made with a more pointed

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