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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...

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Van Gogh’s olive groves

On July 29, 1890, one of the greatest creators of mankind Vincent Van Gogh passed away. Not many people know that in his last years of creativity he painted 18 landscapes with olive trees. One can only assume that his restless soul acquired peace and rest when he worked on these landscapes.  Olive tree has a unique noble beauty that...

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Three places in Madrid with real paella

1) Socarratt (Calle San Marcos, 2) Inexpensive cafe for every day, where everything is managed by two chefs from Valencia. In addition to the traditional ryla valenciana with chicken, rabbit, artichokes and green beans, there is a large selection of Spanish rice dishes, including vegetarian. A portion of paella costs 8-9 €. 2) La Baracca (Calle de la Reina, 29) The family restaurant...

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Yellowfin Tuna

Tuna is in great demand in Spain. Salads with this fish, olives and vegetables every day on the table with a simple Spaniard. And no wonder, because tuna meat is very useful for our health. If olive oil is called “liquid gold,” then tuna is “sea gold.” Fresh meat of yellowfin tuna has a dense texture and bright red color, after...

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Olives vs. grapes

Rioja Alavesa (Rioja Alavesa) - a district in Spain, part of the province of Alava in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. This part of Spain is famous for its wine production and is part of the DOC (Denominación de Origen Calificada) Rioja. However, not many people know that in the place of vineyards there were once olive groves...

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Therapeutic fasting

The one-day fasting technique according to the Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi received the Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology back in 2016. Osumi himself is now 73 years old and he is healthy. He devoted his whole life to the phenomenon of autophagy. This is the process of processing the cell own components. It was first described in 1963, but...

Where does olive oil come from

Growing an olive is not as easy as it sounds. Oliva does not grow and does not bear fruit itself, unless a person makes maximum efforts. Young trees begin to bear fruit for 3-4 years; adult olives can produce from 50 to 100, sometimes up to 150 kg of olives. Olives are harvested from late October and all of November. Harvesting...

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Jaen’s olive groves

The Spanish province of Jaen and its eponymous capital is the world leader in the production of olive oil. It is located in the south of the country at the foot of the mountain of Santa Catalina. Olives ripen under the hot Andalusian sun. The Romans, Arabs and Christians fought for the right to own this ancient city. It seems...