The Garibaldi biscuit has resurfaced in my house after many years of neglect. Why? Because my son is studying A level history and this means he is learning all about the Unification of Italy which Giuseppe Garibaldi was one of the main instigators of and therefore we have to have Garibaldi biscuits!
I have often wondered why Garibaldi biscuits were called Garibaldi. As opposed to wondering why they were called Dead Fly biscuits which to me was fairly obvious!! According to my son, now an expert on this period of Italian history and hinting that a field trip would be good next summer, Garibaldi was something of a celebrity in his time, with women swooning over him!! Typical teenage boy response – “looked at his photo cant see what all the fuss is about”. I suspect being a revolutionary had something to do with it and not only a revolutionary but one who having gained control of half of Italy (sweeping generalisations here) gave it to the King (possibly Ferdinand but was loosing interest at this point) who had control of the other half. Garibaldi just wanted a unified Italy not to have the power – aaah what a nice guy!
But why name a biscuit full of squashed flies (sorry raisins) after him – that I can’t find out but the biscuits, created by Peak Freans, were named after Garibaldi when he visited in 1861. They still remain, to me, a strange thing to name after an Italian revolutionary.