In Spain, and it is called La Tomatina, celebrated every year in a village in Valencia.
If you like Spain and food, here are a few interesting facts for you:
Food is very important in Spain and often a topic of conversation. We have lunch at 2 or 3pm and dinner at around 9 or 10 pm.
Most households buy fresh bread every day. Traditionally, they are long baguettes called barras and they are present at almost every meal.
Spain is one of the world’s biggest producers of saffron, an important ingredient in paella, one of the most popular Spanish dishes.
Tomatoes, potatoes, avocadoes, tobacco, and cacao, for chocolate, were all imported into Europe by Spain.
Spain is the number one producer of olive oil in the world with 44% of the world’s olive oil production.
Tortillas in Spain are not the same as tortillas elsewhere. You will not find corn or flour tortillas in Spanish dishes. In Spain, tortilla española refers to a very popular and delicious egg and potato dish. Spaniards use the word “tortitas” to refer to flour or corn tortillas.
We claim that we invented fried fish. In the 18th century, Britain had ties with Cádiz and therefore it is believed that the English took the idea of fish ‘n’ chips from Spain.
A famous saying is “¡Barriga llena, corazón contento!” which translates to “A full belly and a happy heart!”.
¡Que aproveche! (Enjoy your meal!)
By Mónica Romero