Something symbolic and yummy is in the pretty green package. Let's take a look. It's called Colomba Pasquale, or Easter Dove Bread. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn't, until I found this in a bakery right before Easter. It is the traditional Easter bread of Italy, baked in a special paper pan shaped like a dove. I think mine looks more like a cross. But when I researched this bread, I did find pictures of ones that look just like doves. It just depends on how realistic the mold is. It is a delicious sweet bread filled with dried orange pieces and almonds. Then it is gilded with a shiny coat of sugar syrup and sprinkled with coarse crystallized sugar and sliced, toasted, unpeeled almonds. The almonds represent the feathers of the dove. And it tastes like it flew straight from heaven.
"See! The winter is passed; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." Song Of Songs 2:11,12