The calçotada is back! It is that fantastic time of the year again when the traditional Catalan festival around calçots (winter onion) is celebrated and big groups of friends and family gather together to enjoy the feast.
History of the calçot
The calçot, a cross between a spring onion and leek, is by and large one of the most beloved products of this region in Spain. For more than a century, they’ve been an integral part of Catalan cuisine every winter. Families and restaurants take part in a calçotada. It is harvested between January and March.
The town of Valls, near Tarragona, is calçot central and it was here that the calçot was born. During the late 19th century, a village farmer decided to experiment by planting white onion bulbs as usual and then increasing the depth of the soil as they grew. The result was the incredibly delicious, mild and sweet calçot.
Even though calçot looks like a leek , it has more of an onion texture.
The word calçotada is used for a calçot celebration where a group of friends or family will get together and enjoy calçots along with some kind of meat. For pudding there will usually be oranges and crema catalana.
Calçotadas are usually enjoyed outside (if its not too cold!)
They are cooked in flames which burn the outside and caramelise the inside. They are then usually wrapped in newspaper to keep them hot for immediate consumption (just like fish and chips!) A Catalonian delicacy that is totally vegan, so great for those who do not usually get the chance to try local delicacies!
There is no delicate or refined way to eat it. They are traditionally eaten with hands and you will need a lot of napkins for cleaning up after!
You hold the calçot with one hand at the leafy end and with the other hand peel the outside layer off. Dip the calçot in Romesco sauce (made with ñora, pepper, tomatoes, olive oil, bread and toasted almonds), then hold the calçot up above your mouth and eat all it all in one!
The calçot is often then followed by a meaty barbeque with lamb and chorizo to complete the meal.
Where to find calçots in Baqueira
Here in the Val d´Aran, you can enjoy Calçots in Vielha at the restaurant El Moli and in Arties at Casa Pau Sidreria.
Gather your friends, strap on a bib and get feasting! If you fancy trying it for yourself at your appartment – buy your take away Calçot.
- Casa Pau (Artíes): 13,50 euros p.p.
- El Molí (Vielha) : 17,00 euros. 12 calçots p.p. Takeaway option.
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