If you want to learn more about the culture of a country then exploring the food of that country is a great way because food is intricately intertwined with the culture. Food tells a lot about the place, and the people living there because food retains the culture of a place in a great way. In Spain eating is a very important social ritual. Through food, people exchange their life experiences with each other. If you want to learn about the culture of Spain then learning about tapas is a must.
What are tapas?
In Spain, tapas are an appetizer that is served along with drinks usually beer or wine in bars and restaurants throughout Spain. These tapas are generally bite-size one plate and free with the first drink. These tapes are of different types based on the ingredients used to make them such as cold tapas, hot tapas, meat tapas, seafood tapas, and vegetarian tapas.
Origin of tapas
Every dish has its own story of how it originated. In the case of tapas, it is derived from the Spanish word “tapar “which means to cover. In old time’s tapas was a thin slice of bread that had ham or chorizo on top. Both ham and chorizo are salty and activate thirst. This dish is a clever invention of bar owners to increase their alcohol sales. With time tapas have evolved new ingredients are added. A national tapas competition is also held in Spain in November each year.
Popular tapas in Spain
As Spain is a very diverse country having 17 autonomous communities different from each other because of this reason almost all regions of Spain have their own variations of tapas different from each other. Like Andalusia the old age culture if giving free tapas with the drink is practiced here you will get one of the best seafood tapas in the whole of Spain. In Aragon, the tapas are mostly meat dishes. In Teruel, you can eat the best pork-based tapas in Spain. In Asturias, the best tapas are the creamy blue cheese that has a salty taste to it. Canary Islands tapas are potatoes covered in the spicy red sauce if you want a fuller meal then meat or fish is added to it. In Galicia fresh octopus perfectly boiled and seasoned with olive oil and salt is served as tapas. These are just some of the popular tapas out of many that you will get to eat if you visit Spain.
The tapas are a great snack that brings people closer. Without tapas, Spain is not Spain. In Spain you will find many different types of tapas some will be free others might be not. The ingredients can be different too as these tapas have evolved greatly with time. There is one fact about tapas that will remain the same no matter which region of Spain you go to is that all these tapas are very delicious. The tapas in a way represent the people of Spain warm-hearted and kind.