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The Mediterranean Diet

The Region of Valencia & Murcia

Serves authentic Mediterranean cooking: cereals, vegetables and olive oil are the base of this cuisine, which finds its source of inspiration in the market garden – natural, authentic, tasty and with a character all of its own.

The roasts, salted fish, fish and shellfish from the Mediterranean sea are equally appreciated. However, Valencia and Murcia is also well-known for its rice, sausages, preserved foods, nuts, aromatic plants, fruit and confectionery.

Valencia

The cuisine from the Region of Valencia enjoys great prestige at both a national and international level. Its traditional recipes are prepared using natural ingredients such as oil, vegetables, spices, fruit, fresh meat or fish and has come to be known as ”the Mediterranean Diet”.

The incredible variety of rice dishes and desserts is outstanding. All this without forgetting the great variety of fruit which the Region of Valencia produces in abundance. Its traditional soft drinks have also become well-known, such as tiger nut milk (”horchata de chufa”). Its long wine-growing tradition has given rise to a delicious range of wines with their Denominations of Origin, which when added to the local soups comprise some of the most exquisite recipes of Valencian cooking.

Murcia

The most important ingredient used in Murcian cuisine is the vegetable. Vegetables are found in nearly every dish.

Fresh broad beans are fried with onion; dry broad beans are cooked in the famous ”michirones” (ham and chorizo stews); sweet young garlic is present in nearly every casserole or can be served with scrambled eggs, with lightly fried onion and tomato and chard or in a potato omelette; thistle in almond sauce; ”zarangollo” (pumpkin, onion and tomato); sweet broad beans to accompany salted meat, fish or sausage as a starter or side dish; artichokes with pine nuts; roast pepper salad; cauliflower, green beans, artichokes and peppers… are vital ingredients to prepare the typical rice and vegetable dish, a must for all visitors to Murcia.