The Diversity of Spain’s Cuisine

Cooking Class

Learn more at a Spanish cooking class

Spanish cuisine is incredibly diverse, thanks to the range of cultures that have conquered the territory throughout history. This rich tradition along with the diverse topography of Spain makes for an incredible gastronomic variety, with the most well-known traditional Spanish dishes being paella, tapas and of course, Spanish wine.

We can thank the Romans for introducing the collection and consumption of mushrooms into the Spanish diet, which, today, are especially popular in the traditional Spanish dishes of the North. The Romans are also responsible for introducing viticulture to the peninsula, whereas the vines were originally planted by the Greeks. The diverse topography and soil also played an integral role in the development and production of excellent Spanish wines.

The Muslim conquest in the 8th century introduced new ingredients to Spanish cuisine such as sugar cane, eggplant, watermelon, lemon, peach, orange and almonds, all of which were common in the Berber and Arabic cuisine. Later on, the discovery of America in 1492 would bring yet more variety to Spanish cuisine such as tomato, cucumber, potato, corn, bell pepper, paprika, vanilla, cocoa, spicy pepper and paprika.

Barcelona, the capital city of the Catalonia offers a rich regional cuisine based in a rural culture and recipes dating back to the 14th century. Catalonia is responsible for Spain´s first cookbook dating back to the Middle Ages, Sent Sovi, which was written in Catalan. Catalonian cuisine contains seafood, mountain and inland dishes, and is one of the oldest documented cuisines.

The large variety of ingredients available in the Mediterranean is thanks to the incredible climate which provides over three hundred days of sunshine a year. The Boqueria Market in Barcelona offers a wonderful look at the overwhelming range of fruits and vegetables available in the Mediterranean and in Barcelona. By taking a market tour of the Boqueria you will be able to fully experience this incredible diversity.

If you still want to learn more about Spanish cooking, try a Spanish tapas cooking class in Barcelona and not only experience the Boqueria Market tour but you will also have the chance to try 14 different tapas, along with local wines – a great introduction to Spanish cuisine. Sign up for a Spanish Cooking Class today!

Share this: