Les Garrigues extra virgin olive oil, made with Arbequina olives, is an oil with extraordinary culinary, dietary and medicinal properties. In addition, its organoleptic characteristics make it appreciated internationally. Its smooth fruity olive flavour make it suitable for raw consumption in salads, toasts, bread with tomato, etc.
The Garrigues wineries produce high quality wines, which have international fame and recognition. These wineries belong to the Costers del Segre designation of origin, native to the sub-zone of Les Garrigues.
Arbeca, Les Borges Blanques, Juneda, Puiggròs and part of Castelldans form an area, where alfalfa, corn and, above all, fruit, like apple, pear and peach are cultivated, largely thanks to the waters of the Urgell canal.
These are the traditional sweets from the region. Up till this day, they are a staple of every Festa Major, people make them at home and bring them to share and celebrate. Throughout the year, orelletes are sold in bakeries and pastry shops.
Pa de ronyó is distinct amongst the breads made in the region. It´s shape resembles a kidney, hence the name, and it can only be baked in wood-fired ovens. Bakeries in Borges Blanques and Cervià preserve the age-old tradition of baking pa de ronyó.
Rosemary honey, honey of a thousand flowers and many other varieties are produced in Les Garrigues and can be found in the local shops.
Jams, preserves and quince cheese are made with the local fruit in Les Garrigues.
Saffron, one of the historical crops of the area, was brought back a few years ago. The saffron flowers – crocus sativus – are collected between the months of October and November, every morning and one at a time.
Pasteurized milk, natural yogurt, whipped yogurt, fresh cheese and cottage cheese have also been produced in the region for years.
There are many varieties of pork sausages, made in the region: dry sausage, black sausage, white sausage, sausage made of tongue…
Liqueurs have been made by hand in the region. Amongst the many choices there are walnut wine, herbal liqueur, coffee liqueur and vermouth.
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