Gastronomy is an essential element for the identity of a territory and in Girona's region we have excellent products that have helped to place the province on the gastronomic map.
In this post we present 8 most typical products of Girona, some of them more famous than others, but all of them exquisite. We suggest you don't leave Girona without having tasted some of them, and if you like them you can buy some and fill the pantry so you can enjoy them for a while (although you always have an excuse to return to Girona).
1. Anxoves de l'EscalaWe started with the Anxoves de l'Escala, anchovies preserved by salting which are used as an aperitif, in salads or on “coques de recapte”. In the village of l'Escala there are 4 business dedicated to preserving salted anchovies among others salting.
2. Arròs de Pals
If you like rice you have to try the Rice of Pals (arròs de Pals). If you thought Delta de l'Ebre was the only rice producer, you were wrong. The confluence of the Ter river and sea provide ideal conditions for growing high quality rice.
3. Patates d'Olot
We continue with Olot potatoes (patates d'Olot), slices of potatoes stuffed with meat, breaded and fried. A filling dish that everyone loves. You can find them prepared in most butcheries in the province.
4. Botifarra dolça
Among the salty and sweet we propose the Sweet Sausage (botifarra dolça). Yes, as the name suggests, it's a sausage with sugar (also carries cinnamon and lemon). Some people eat it with toast bread soaked with the same sauce or with apple. It is a product of extremes, either love it or you don't like it at all!
5. Oli de l'Empordà
We hihgtlight the Olive Oil DOP (Oli de l'Empordà), used as a dressing for all kinds of dishes. The specific varieties of the area are Argudell, Corivell and Verdal.
6. Poma de Girona
The landscape of the area of ??Torroella de Montgrí is known for its apple fields – poma de Girona (PGI – Protected Geographical Indication). Togethr with the sweet sausage you can prepare some Vilabertran a stuffed apples (apple stuffed with sweet sausage, egg, almond, biscuit, lemon and anise).
The dessert proposal is Xuixo, a pastry that resembles the shape of croissant stuffed with cream, fried and sugared. Ideal for breakfast or snack.
8. Vi de l'Empordà
And all these can be accompanied with some wine DO Empordà (vi de l'Empordà). The soil and Tramuntana (north wind) in the area give wines of great quality. The denomination of origin Empordà has about forty small – and not so small – wineries, with vineyards spread between Alt and Baix Empordà. Some of them can be visited.
With these 8 most typical products of Girona you will be anything but hungry! In fact, probably after reading this, your belly is making noise. Well, you know what you have to do … start planning your next visit to province of Girona!