The rice fields, green in spring and gold in summer, give colour and contrast to the scenery of the Ebro Delta. The crop of this cereal is one of the most important agricultural activities in the final stretch of the Ebro River. The rice has been one of the fundamental pillars of the economy as well as the culture and the gastronomy of the Delta. A seafaring frying pan, soups, rice and chickpeas, potatoes and cod are some of the typical dishes that satisfy any dinner guest.
Seafood and Fish
Fishing and seafood breeding define the seafaring character that still preserves the villages of the coast of the Ebro. In fact, the Ebro Delta is an area rich in nutrients, for the combination of the sweet water with the salted one that gather the optimal conditions for the capture of prawns, eels and the breeding of shellfish. The sweet and salted flavours contribute with nuances and diversity to the gastronomic tradition of the Ebro Delta.
The Wine of the Terra Alta
The vineyard terraces situated between valleys of difficult access sow the scenery of the Terra Alta. The contrasted climate, the excellent sunshine and the calcareous soil of this region Ebrenca is ideal for the culturing of the strains and the production of the wine of quality. Bodied white wines and of high ranking are produced, red wines with personality and rancid and liquorish wines internationally renowned that have been recognized with the Designation of Origin Terra Alta.
The geographic and geological conditions and a mild climate of the Ebro Lands have favoured since ancient times the cultivation of the olive and the production of the oil of balanced scents. In fact, the oil elaborated in the regions of Low Ebro, Montsià and the High Land have been recognized with two designations of origin: D.O. Baix Ebre Montsià and D.O. Terra Alta that certify its quality, an award for effort of the producers that preserve the tradition of a millennial cultivation, that even with the pass of the centuries
The Fruit and the Orchard
The oranges, the mandarins or the artichokes from the Ebro Delta are known everywhere, for the taste and the quality. The crops are encased between the river and the mountains that surround them, for which it favours a micro climate of high summer temperatures and frequently morning mist that maintains the low temperatures in winter, with a spring and autumn more fresh. When the summer finishes, the citric fields are full of flowers that burst, announcing the winter arrival.
The honey collection of sweet flavour and viscose texture is a job pretty ingrained to the Ebro Lands, especially in the municipalities of the Perelló (Low Ebro) and Arnés (High Land). The varieties more important are impregnated of the scents of the orange and rosemary, two of the vegetables species more abundant in the fields and forests of these regions. The honey is a quality product used for cakes, sweet cocas or just a slice of bread.
Honey for the table
The quality salt is a product that has been revalued in the last years. The salt flats of the Ebro Delta are precisely an important centre of harvest of this type of mineral. It is commercialized the named “flor de sal”, a variety of production very limited and completely handmade that has acquired prestige among renowned gourmets and cooks.