Spanish gastronomy is known all over the world. Tasty and healthy, the Mediterranean diet includes a wide variety of vegetables, meats and seafood. However, those who think that the culinary offer is the same throughout Spain are mistaken, as it is made up of many regions with strong local identities, and there are also marked differences between cuisines. Basque, Catalan and Andalusian are examples of this.
Seafood is an important part of Spanish cuisine, making Spain the second largest consumer of fish in the world after Japan. The Cantabrian Sea is one of the main generators of the quality of local fish and seafood.
Curious, isn’t it? The history of Spanish cuisine has much more to explore, and since there is nothing better than the locals to talk about their own land, Skokka Spain together with the most beautiful escorts in Madrid will delve into this tasty topic…
Being connected by sea, the Spanish have long enjoyed an exchange of foodstuffs. It was not uncommon to trade with Africa and Greece, for example. Spanish cuisine therefore reflects this mix of flavours and cultures, and stems from the history of raids and conquests in its past.
The Phoenicians, as an example, initiated the cultivation of olive oil, which makes Spain today the largest producer in the world. The Arabs brought rice and spices such as saffron to the region, an indispensable ingredient in paella, the main dish of Valencian cuisine.
Following the arrival of Europeans in America, other ingredients that are now a fundamental part of Spanish cuisine began to be exchanged, such as the potato from which the famous Spanish tortillas are made, and chocolate, since it was on Spanish soil that sugar was added to cocoa to remove its bitterness and give way to a sweeter chocolate.
Spanish food routines
In general, Spaniards have 5 meals, the curiosity comes from the schedules…
In general, it is divided like this:
– Breakfast when waking up.
– Small lunch or snack: between breakfast and lunch.
– Meals usually start around 14:00 and last until 16:00; many Spanish companies even close during this period for general rest.
– Snack: something lighter, to hold off hunger until dinner.
– Dinner: Spanish dinner is usually very late, and can be until around 10 p.m., which for many people means a reduction in sleep, but for Spaniards it is already a way of life.
Typical Spanish dishes
The recipe with the Denomination of Origin seal has ten ingredients: water, rice, salt, saffron, oil, chicken, rabbit, tomato, “garrofó” and “ferraura”. The dish is surprisingly cooked in a giant pan. This paella does not accept many variations but there are possibilities such as the addition of artichokes, duck or snails, for example.
Bocadillos and tapas
In Spain it is very common to eat small portions of food, known as tapas. One of the most famous is the ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad). Bocadillos are also a common snack for Spaniards or visitors, and are usually sandwiches made of bread with some kind of filling such as tortilla de patatas (potato omelette).
Patatas bravas are a classic in every Spanish bar. They are cubes of potato served with a spicy mayonnaise – delicious!
Another Spanish classic is the Ibérico ham, which is a more “luxurious and gourmet” version of the normal Serrano ham.
Andalusian gazpacho is also very characteristic, especially in the summer.
The consumption of pork and red meat, fish and seafood, and sausages such as chorizo is also high throughout Spain, with only a slight difference in quantity depending on the region.
Fruit in general is also widely eaten. Due to its good climate and its privileged position in the Mediterranean, Spain is also a major producer and exporter to the world.
Coffee – like in other Mediterranean countries.
Beer – very popular throughout Spain, brands such as San Miguel and Estrella Galicia are very affordable and of good quality.
Wine – Spain is one of the largest producers of wine in the world, so it’s not surprising that sangria (a drink made from wine and orange juice) is widely consumed in the country.
Horchata – Horchata divides opinions and feelings, on the one hand there are those who love the Valencian sweetened tiger nut drink and on the other those who can’t stand the taste and prefer to switch to lemon slush.
Flavour, culture, history and originality… There are many special ingredients that make Spanish food shine on local and world tables. The country cannot be left off the wish list of food lovers and promises not to fail. That said, now all that remains is to pack up and enjoy all the wonders of the Mediterranean, and if it is with a special company such as Valencian escorts, it will be even better.