Fields of green… plate of pleasure.

Predominantly visible throughout the Aragon region of Spain are endless fields of dry farming. A quick search showed it to be either wheat or barley. I think I figured it out to be Winter wheat (or Triticum aestivum) planted in early winter for a summer harvest.

All the fields we saw are typical of what is in the background.

All the fields we saw are typical of what is in the background. This is mid May.

Spain needs better beer (on tap); maybe they need to grow more barley and hops. ;) But seriously, their beer is like a Bud or Coors except it’s way cheaper. Typically in a bar, a glass of Spanish beer goes for 1€ to 1.30€. That’s cheap, at least by American standards. We aren’t fans of light beers like this, but after climbing, it’s quite refreshing. And as a Spanish boulderer told us: have a beer after climbing, Spanish rules. Throw in some peanuts, and you’ve got a recovery snack fit for olympians, sorta: carbs, fats, protein (try to get 40% carbs, so drink lots of beer!)

Back at the ‘ranch,’ Jill prepared this dinner with limited resources (we hadn’t shopped yet):

Left over Spanish baguetta, tofu (bought in France because we knew there was none in Albarracin) and various other items bought in Teruel: mushrooms, roqueta (arugula), local sheep's cheese, and onion.

Left over Spanish baguetta, tofu (bought in France because we knew there was none in Albarracin) and various other items attained in Teruel or locally: mushrooms, roqueta (arugula), local sheep’s cheese, and onion.

The local cheese made at the eastern part of town before entering the city proper.

The local cheese made at the eastern part of town before entering the city proper.

A rioja from the region.

A rioja from the region.

Yum... if you're vegetarian.

Yum… if you’re vegetarian.

The wine is certified local:

The label that certifies it.

Certificate label.

The cheese is really good. You can taste all their varieties divided between using pasteurized milk or whole milk. The building sits at the east edge of town just shortly after the road opens up to the valley beyond. We recommend it (whole milk that is):

While we shopped here, we tried another local beer, one with a more richer and toasted flavor, actually dark.

While we shopped here, we tried another local beer, one with a more richer and toasted flavor, actually dark.

From Aragon, and much better than that had from tap.

From Aragon, and much better than that had from tap.

Our dwindling supply of tofu:

While in France, we seemed to be competing against someone else)

While in France, we seemed to be competing against someone else for this elusive item. Each time we found some, bought maybe 2-5 packages, 2 days later it would be all gone. Maybe a week later more would appear followed by a repeat…

 

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~ by r.mulligan on 2014/05/25.

2 Responses to “Fields of green… plate of pleasure.”

  1. Way cheaper than Bud? So they are giving it away :) After climbing beer is almost as a good a during climbing beer!

    • haha. Espana beer cheaper at a bar for sure but not sure about ‘during climbing beer!’ But like 2 American states, Spain has another attribute too for during climbing!

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