The essence of Catalan gastronomy: local products


The essence of Catalan gastronomy: local products

Catalonia has all the ingredients for the best gastronomy: a region with landscapes as diverse as its treasured cuisine, some of the best chefs in the world and high-quality, varied and seasonal produce. We want to show you the ingredients of Catalan gastronomy.

High-quality products right on your doorstep
The larder is one of the jewels of Catalan gastronomy. The variety of local products kept there is spectacular, with products from the sea and the mountains: meat, fish, vegetables and more. Everything is of the highest quality. The larder contents vary depending on the season. The markets found throughout the towns and cities of Catalonia are prime examples of this.

Quality trademarks
Thanks to their excellent quality and uniqueness, Catalonia has many products that are awarded the official European label of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Both are awarded to typical products that originate from a region which gives them a specific character and an inimitable flavour.

If you want to taste typical Catalan products with proven quality, you can choose from those with the official Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) label, such as: rice from the Ebro delta, different varieties of oil, Reus hazelnuts, Lleida pears, butter and cheese from L'Alt Urgell and La Cerdanya, beans from Ganxet and Santa Pau.

Products with the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) classification include: the Terres de l'Ebre clementines, Prades potatoes, Valls spring onions, Agramunt turrón, veal from the Pyrenees, artisan bread, Vic sausage, Prat chicken and Girona apples.

Four seasons and various celebrations mark the gastronomic calendar. Spring is the time for colourful fields, strawberries, peas and mussels. The San Juan festivities mark the start of summer, and there is nothing better to celebrate it with than the traditional 'coca' pastry and cava. Autumn is the time for the traditional dessert 'panellets' and chestnuts. At Christmas time, 'escudella' stew and cannelloni are the main event. For the rest of winter, 'xató' sauce and 'calçots' spring onions fill the table and are the basis for cooking workshops.

Please come and try our Catalan products. Cooking workshops, fairs, and weekly markets are an excellent way of discovering Catalan gastronomy.