03 Oct 2016
«Tourist & Gastronomic Experiences in autumn»
Mushrooms. Traditional seasonal cuisine.
Every year, with the first autumn rains, Catalonia undergoes a cultural and culinary transformation focusing on a food that is an intrinsic part of its identity: mushrooms.
Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies growing from fungi and one of the most iconic and highly prized ingredients used in Catalan cuisine. This isn’t just due to the unique flavour they have when seasoned with salt and pepper and chargrilled, or served as an accompaniment to rice and meat dishes, but also because they’re a really health food. It should come as no surprise that the deeply rooted mushroom tradition is experiencing ever-greater popularity. The growing numbers of amateur mushroom hunters who go the woods and forests, and the restaurants with special menus dedicated to this unique delicacy, provide ample proof of this.
If you’re thinking of exploring the world of mushrooms for yourself, there’s no better place to start than the counties of Osona and el Berguedà , in the province of Barcelona. You’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking natural scenery and, if you’re lucky, find a plethora of local varieties including ceps, milk caps, St George’s mushrooms, grey knights, Caesar’s mushrooms, pinkmottle woodwax, horns of plenty, Rogers mushrooms and waxcaps.
We have companies specialising in adventure activities,what organise guided mushroom hunts where you’ll find out everything you need to know about this wild food par excellence. You must make sure you pick them with the greatest care if you want them to grow back over the coming years.
Other options to consider to find all varieties of mushrooms, are the traditional markets in the towns and cities of Catalonia although the best way to taste them is as part of a dish prepared by our local chefs. The most traditional restaurants and top eateries specialising in creative and signature cuisine do their utmost to ensure all the aromatic and physical qualities of mushrooms are brought out to the full in their culinary creations.
TRIP IDEAS. Tourist and Gastronomic proposals
Montserrat, Sitges, Girona and Figueres, the most popular visits in Catalonia
Barcelona is a powerhouse that helps other destinations all over Catalonia to grow, thus redistributing the economic benefits of tourism around the region. Of the visitors who take advantage to see other places of interest, 30.1 % visit the Sanctuary of Montserrat, 19.9 % travel to Sitges, 8.2 % travel to Girona and 7.5 % go to Figueres to see Dalí’s work.
According to the latest survey on tourist activity in the city of Barcelona by Barcelona City Council, 14.6 % of the total number of tourists find time to expand their visit to other Catalan destinations while 0.2 % go on to other places elsewhere in Spain.
Turisme de Barcelona, which has launched the Barcelona és molt més (Barcelona is much more) programme with the Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona provincial council), has in the last two years doubled the tourism options outside the city that it markets through its website and in its offices and now has a total of 67 products. Wine tourism is one of the organised visits with the greatest demand.
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