25 Aug When and where did paella come up
Paella dates back to the 15th century, and comes from the east coast of the country, from the Valencia region. In the swampy fields near Lake Albufera, the Spaniards grew rice for centuries, and it was their staple food in the Middle Ages. Now, of course, the classic recipe has undergone many modifications, but the sunny Spanish flavor remains unchanged.
Now no one will say for sure where the name “paella” came from. According to one version, it comes from the Latin word “patella”, which means “frying pan”, that wide, especially for cooking this dish. In another, the name is a warped “para ella”, that is, “for her.” Allegedly, the Spanish paella was first prepared by a fisherman in anticipation of his beloved girl. However, some insist that the dish was originally eaten by the servants of the Moorish kings, and its name must be translated from Arabic as “leftovers”.
In total, there are about three hundred varieties of paella in Spain, and recipes may vary depending on the region.