Spanish cuisine

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Spanish history began with Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian coastal settlements.

Later the Romans and the Moors brought with them elements of their own cooking which is still

present in modern Spanish cooking. Imports included the tomato, potato, sweet potato, vanilla,

chocolate, beans, zucchini, and pepper. Many types of olives can be found, a lot of vineyards and

citrus fruit. Spaniards enjoy garlic, jamon serrano (ham), sweet and hot peppers. Saffron is a

commonly used spice that is used in many foods, especially paella. Spain has many different

wines but the most famous is Sherry. Sherry, both dry and sweet is used to add flavor to entrees

and desserts. Cuisine in Spain has a lot of influences from the Middle East and the Americas. It

is a country that truly enjoys food.

There's no type of specific Spanish cooking. It varies region to region. Spain also has

very good lamb dishes and well prepared fresh fish.

The Northwest region, Galicia, has traces of

Celtic cuisine. Meat and fish pies are found here along with scallops and fine veeal. Asturias, the

northwest, is famous for its bean dish, a strong blue dish and hard cider is the preferred drink.

Basque, which is in the north, features excellent fish dishes. Cataluna, considered to be the most

distinctive and exciting region of Spain, has a cuisine that has such popular dishes like seafood

zarzuela, meats or poultry combined with local fruits. Valencia, which is located near the south

Mediterranean, has rice dishes served in endless varieties. It is home to the most famous Spanish

dish, Paella. Andalucia, located in the south, is home to grape vines and olive trees. Andalucia

has gazpacho as popular dish.

Tapas are eaten everywhere in Spain. It is an important tradition that brings people together.

Spaniards go...