Navarra

The region has been blessed and almost everything one can think of, grows here.

21 Apr 2010
 

NAVARRA

In 850  the first king of Navarra (Inigo Arista) gave his subjects absolute freedom of speech and despite the fact that the kingdom fell to Castille in 1512, the people, somehow managed to keep the status until 1841 when Navarra adopted a Spanish constitution.

The region has been blessed and almost everything one can think of, grows here.

Trout from the rivers, asparagus and artichokes, pimentos, garlic, onions and aubergines thrive and poultry is plentiful with ducks, pigeons and chicken appearing on the menu regularly.

The festival of Pamplona (that includes the Running of the Bulls) is a 9 ½ day affair that commemorates the life of Firminus who died a martyr’s death.

It is also the occasion when Estofado de carne de toro (braised steer) is cooked.

The Navarrans cook their duck with peaches instead of oranges (pato con melocotones) and their partridges in chocolate (perdiz con chocolate).

 

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