Spain is a country known for many things, like its nice weather and its famous stars, but also for typical products that you may not know actually come from Spain and are very important to the country and its inhabitants.
- Olive oil: a lot of Mediterranean countries produce olive oil but Spain, especially Andalusia, is the “land of the olive oil”. Spain is one of the countries that consume the most olive oil but not only… it is the country that produces the most olive oil in Europe and in the world. Isn’t that amazing?
- Cheese: In Spanish, “queso” means cheese and in Catalan, it is “formatge”. Cheese is very important in Spain, there are a lot of different Spanish cheeses made from goat’s milk, cow’s milk and there is a typical cheese made from sheep’s milk called “Manchego” which is produced in Castilla-La Mancha.
- Spanish ham or “Jamón”: You probably know or have already tasted at least one Spanish ham. It is a very important for the Spanish people – they say that there are more than 1800 places dedicated to the making of ham in Spain. If you go to “La Boqueria Market” in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, you will be able to taste amazing Spanish ham. You can also taste them at most restaurants of course.
- Last but not least, the chorizo. Even though chorizo originated in the Iberian Peninsula which is now Portugal and Spain, there is a Spanish chorizo and a Mexican chorizo. The Spanish one is made from pork and contains a lot of paprika which is why it is red. You can eat it raw or in a dish like the famous paella.
Those four products are very typical in Spain, you have to try at least one of them when you come to Barcelona. It is always better to eat the specialties of a country where it originated, trust us!