Sweetened Wheat Berries

Cuccia ri Santa Lucia

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

Wheat berries must soak overnight, so plan ahead. They are available at Italian groceries, and from The Baker’s Catalogue. See the Appendix.


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup


Place the wheat berries in a pot and cover with cold water plus 2 inches. Bring the water to the boil, cook for 10 minutes, turn off the heat, and let stand overnight.

Place the milk in a pot, add the sugar and grated lemon peel. Bring to the boil, add the drained wheat berries, and simmer very