ESSENCE OF SPANISH GASTRONOMY
Spain is a paradise for food lovers and there are 11 iconic ingredients that embody the essence of Spanish gastronomy, fine products with a high level of flavour, excellence and quality that appeal to all the senses: cheese, fish, wine, fruit & vegetables, ham, meats, olive oil, spices & salt, sweets, table olives, and vinegars, Euronews reported.
Valencia’s famous Mercat Central is one of the largest fresh produce markets in Europe. This treasure of modernist architecture sells products from the entire region and beyond with all the flavours of the Mediterranean on offer here.
Spain produces many spices but none are more iconic than saffron. Spain is the world’s largest producer of this fragrant and colourful spice used in many dishes like Paella...
“Spanish saffron, is considered the best in the world and is grown mainly in the area of La Mancha,” says Domingo Rodriguez Lopez of La Parada de las Especias. "There is no Spanish dish that does not have it.”
Fresh meat in Spain benefits from 16 Protected Geographical Indications to help preserve local flavours.
“The meat we sell here is practically all national”, says Carlos Andreu Celda, butcher at Rosa Lloris. “Everything is done traditionally and very carefully. The breeds are practically all Spanish and when it reaches the consumer the quality is noticeable.”
For something sweet, Turrón is inherited from Arab cuisine.
“The two most important varieties of turrón with designation of origin are soft turrón, from Jijona and hard turrón from Alicante,” says Diego Molina from Super Gourmet Mercado Central. “The composition is always almond: Marcona almond, honey, some sugar and egg white. The importance is that they contain a significant amount of almonds, which are indigenous almonds, which gives a lot of value to the product.”