Enjoy the healthy Mediterranean diet at its best with delicious Andalucia recipes passed down from generation to generation!
The sun-drenched region of Andalucia is the second largest of Spain's autonomous communities and boasts the largest population. The area is the most southerly on the peninsula and is divided into eight provinces. Andalucia has been influenced by many cultures throughout history and it is this factor, combined with the vastness of the region, that has produced a cuisine that is as rich and varied as any in Spain.
Many of the recognised cultural symbols of Spain including the traditions of bullfighting and flamenco have their origins in Andalucia. As a result, the region has a character that many people recognise as being typically Spanish.
This is also true of the food and many traditional Andalucia recipes such as gazpacho, boquerones, tortilla, gambas pil pil and gazpachuelo, can be found all over Spain.
With such a warm and extensive coastline it is no surprise that an wide range of fish and shellfish are a popular feature on the local menus with frying and grilling being the most popular method of cooking. The fried fish, such as anchovies, are lightly dusted in flour and fried in the olive oil that is produced in the local provinces of Málaga.,Jaén, Córdoba, Seville, and Granada.
Andalucia is also famous for its jamones (hams) of Jabugo, Valle de los Pedroches and Trevélez, which are produced in the Huelva and Granada provinces. These jamones are often eaten as a tapas along with local olives, nuts and cheeses.
Almonds play a large part in the pastries and desserts of Southern Spain and reflect the medieval origin of many recipes. The nuts have been grown in the area for around 1000 years and were traditionally crushed under foot by harvesters to remove the skins. Doughnuts, macaroons, cookies and palmeritas flavoured with almonds, are all popular favourites in the bakeries of the region.
From land and sea to the mountains and lakes, Andalucia offers a wealth of culinary suprises around every corner. And don't forget the excellent Andalucian wine!
Region: Andalusia, Andalucía (Spanish)
Capital: Seville, Sevilla (Spanish)
Provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville