I found it through close analytical observations during my experience in Spain that the traditional diet across the Spanish locals is rooted within the products of horticultural, pastoral and agrarian societies. I was able to see that the locals were majorly focused towards the consumption of Bread, legumes, rice, garden vegetables and cured pork products as some of the basic food products that are present in almost every household and preferred by the locals of Spain.
It has been identified by me that the people are also inclined towards consuming, barnyard animals, eggs, locally produced wild herbs, salt fish and shellfishes. Through the exploration of the various Spanish restaurants and engaging within the conversations with the locals, I found that the majority of the foods are produced with the use of olive oil produced in Spain. Spanish grown condiments and honey is prevailing across Spain in terms of the food preferences and food patrimony. It is surprising but at the same time interesting that many of the households across Spain still produces honey at home. This is one of the food related areas where the patrimony is evident.
It is found that among the garden vegetables, the following are the most essential in Spain: potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, green peas, artichokes, zucchini and eggplant. I further experienced the midday stew since it is famous in Spain and it is produced in a different version across all the regions. Another dish that I consumed was produced with the use of potatoes and legumes with broth condiment with the fresh meet and cured pork items in small amounts with the green vegetables. This dish is also known as olla podrida and it is consumed almost on a daily basis across the Spanish homes.
Another snack namely almuerzo is one of the heavily consumed products typically prepared in the early evening hours. After taking the snack, the people often take supper known as cena which consists of the soup, fish and eggs. I found that this meal is primarily consumed at dinner and this pattern is prevailing throughout Spain except the area of Catalan. The meals of cena and comida are essential to be presented in the events of family gatherings.