What Kind of Food Do People in Spain Eat?

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What Kind of Food Do People in Spain Eat?
Dinner is always a little bit of many items. ("Duck Liver Pâté and baguette" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Geoff604 (Geoff Peters) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Atypical of Mediterranean-style fare, Spain's cuisine is considered a healthy choice for well-being. The country's agricultural areas lie within a microclimate region that offers fresh fruits and vegetables for year-round availability. Seafood is a staple for the inhabitants in coastal areas, whereas inland, Spaniards incorporate meats to their diets.

Breakfast

Contrary to the typical American diet, breakfast (desayuno) is not a large meal and consists of a pastry or toast with coffee.

Lunch

Beginning at 2 p.m., the largest meal of the day is served as a three-course lunch (comida) with an appetizer such as a salad, main course of fish, poultry or meat with vegetables and dessert.

Dinner

What Kind of Food Do People in Spain Eat?
Dinner is always a little bit of many items. ("Duck Liver Pâté and baguette" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Geoff604 (Geoff Peters) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Composed of tapas, which is considered dinner or supper (cena) at 10 p.m., this is a light snack of an assortment of appetizer-size items such as garlic mushrooms, sausages, salami, sardines, shrimp, olives and cheese.

Summer Specialties

Keep cool by indulging with gazpacho (a cold vegetable-based soup), horchata (iced milky drink made from crushed tiger nuts) and a seaside favourite, paella (saffron rice baked with shellfish, vegetables, pork and chicken) .

Winter Specialties

What Kind of Food Do People in Spain Eat?
Stews make a hearty meal in winter. ("Vegetable Beef Stew" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Tobyotter (Tony Alter) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Feasts in winter rely on baked fish, roasted meats and stews filled with meat, potatoes and vegetables, but one particular seafood stew, zarzuela de Mariscos, (similar to the French bouillabaisse) tends to be the top contender as the Spanish family's favourite.

Deserts

What Kind of Food Do People in Spain Eat?
Flan is a typical dessert choice. ("Butterscotch vegan flan" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: ilovemypit (Kari Sullivan) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Sweets lovers will enjoy the range of desserts that include flan (custard), Valor chocolates, turron (almond and honey candies), marzipan and a variety of fresh fruits, such as pomegranates (Granada), Valencia oranges, peaches and bananas.

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