Oct 11 2018

The Essence of Galician Flavors

This infographic shows some of the most important foods and wines linked to Galician gastronomy. The first things that come to mind are always the famous shellfish and Albariño wines from DO Rías Baixas. However, Galicia is home to many more quality products. Let’s taste them!

The essence of Galician flavors
 

Text: Rodrigo García Fernández /@ICEX

Galicia is a Spanish region that is located in the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula. This region is known around the world as the final stop along the Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Route) – which winds up in either Santiago de Compostela or just slightly further in Finisterre depending on the chosen route – as well as for its excellent seafood and Albariño wines from DO Rías Baixas. However, the Galician pantry boasts many other superb products that all good gastronomes should taste and get to know.

This infographic shows some of the most important foods and wines linked to Galician gastronomy. The first things that come to mind are always the famous shellfish and other products from the sea (spider crab, velvet crabs, mussels, clams and brown crab), the Albariño wines from DO Rías Baixas and the cow’s milk cheeses like San Simón and Tetilla.

However, Galicia is home to many more quality products. Its fish preserves are found in the finest gourmet stores all over the world. Its selection of traditional cheeses also includes PDO Cebreiro, a soft cheese with a powerful flavor. And few people are aware of this, but this northern Spanish region also has an excellent extra virgin olive oil that is made using local olive varieties.

In Galicia, one can and should enjoy the fantastic red wines. Made in Designations of Origin Monterrei and Ribeira Sacra, these wines are characterized by their Atlantic personality and are often compared to the reds from Burgundy in France. 

The list goes on and on... first-rate beef, charcuterie made from the Asturcelta breed of pig that is protected by the Slow Food movement, wonderfully fresh vegetables grown in the region’s gardens, traditional sweets (some made in convents) that are imbued with history, empanadas filled with tuna, variegated scallops or octopus, among other things; craft beers, fruit preserves, chestnuts, honey, orujos and other liqueurs... The essence of Galician flavors.

Translation: Adrienne Smith /@ICEX

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