La Comunidad Valenciana is a great choice if you want to go on a Bon Food Trip. The foodie trip that offers not only great clean eating but also a way to explore the local food culture and agricultural inovation. . Villa Balea organised the first ” Food in Spanish” trip in November 2018 and we would like to share with you some of the places we discovered. Please see the below map.
Alicante has historically held a strong position in the green industries, mainly in the production and cultivation of vegetables, fruit and wine. Alicante’s plantations and crops In Vega Baja, where Villa Balea is located, you grow all kinds of vegetables: tomatoes, paprika, broccoli, artichoke, onion, cucumber, salad, eggplant, melon In the inland mountain areas, where the access to irrigation has been limited, they have traditionally grown almonds, located on terraces on the slopes of the mountains. Citrus cultivation occurs mainly in the vicinity of the coasts In Elche, only 20 minutes from Ciudad Quesada you grow pears, peaches, dates and pomegranates. Alicante’s green food and nutrition Alicante’s food traditions reflect the traditional cultures. A plate of grilled artichoke is a delicacy. In Jijona, they produce Turron a traditional Spanish nougat sweet made of almond, egg and honey. The restaurants in Elche serve delicious pomegranate ice creams and desserts. It is important to come to Elche in the right season when the fruits are harvested. Alicante’s greenery and wine production An important area for wine production is Medio Vinalopó with the towns Elda, Petrel, Novelda, Aspe, Monóvar, Pinoso, Hondón de las Nieves and Hondón de los Frailes. The “gastrobotanic” kitchen. Elche is the city of palm parks, a municipality where orchards, gastronomy and design go hand in hand. The modern and innovative growers and restaurant chefs work side by side. Check out the Huerto Gourmet food and their lemons containing a caviar-like pulp. The gastrobotanic cuisine focuses on traditional and local produce. The city and dates of Elche cultivation Elche is Europe’s “city of dadel”, with a significant production of dates. Creators in food and gastronomy constantly seek new recipes and products. Just growing is hard, today’s price competition is hard from North Africa, the Middle East and the United States. Dadeln is a fruit that is found throughout Elche, town and municipality, with its amazing landscapes of palm parks. It is a historical legacy in the areas of the Costa Blanca where Arabs and Phoenicians settle down in the area around Elche. Dates are sold fresh October to January and the rest of the year frozen. Between September and January, pick the dates, press the link to see a movie about how it works. The most common way to buy dates is fresh, juicy, dry, pickled, frozen, dried and marinated. The pomegranate in Alicante is part of a long “fruit story”. Already 5000 years ago, it was grown in parts of Asia and North Africa. In Alicante municipalities Elche, Albatera, Crevillente produce around 50 000 tonnes of pomegranates a year. This constitutes 90% of Spain’s total production It is a useful fruit, rich in C and E vitamins and have a significant amount of antioxidants. Pomegranate “Mollar de Elche” In Elche, the so-called “Mollar de Elche” is protected, and according to proud local growers, it is extra sweet, you can eat the whole kernel and the color is yellow / beige. The fruit is picked between October and February. 60% of production is exported and 40% goes to domestic consumption. In Elche, chef competitions are being organized to develop new exciting recipes and uses for pomegranate in the Spanish cuisine.