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SANTA MARÍA DE GUÍA

GÁLDAR

ARUCAS

FIRGAS

LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

MOYA

AGAETE

THE ISLAND WITH 21 INGREDIENTS

TEROR VALLESECO

ARTENARA

SANTA BRÍGIDA

SAN MATEO

TEJEDA

THE ISLAND WITH 21 INGREDIENTS

VALSEQUILLO

TELDE

INGENIO AGÜIMES MOGÁN

SANTA LUCÍA SAN BARTOLOMÉ DE TIRAJANA

LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

The volcanic origins of Gran Canaria have provided our lands with numerous properties that in turn give our raw materials really exceptional qualities. This, together with the different prevailing microclimates, has given the island the traditional tag of Miniature Continent. All these factors have lent the island a wealth of agricultural and livestock production, leading to a quite peculiar cuisine with its own distinct identity.

The corner of Europe with flavours from all 5 continents.

LA ALDEA DE SAN NICOLÁS

VALLESECO Apple dressed up to party

Flavours from 145 worlds

TEROR

SANTA LUCÍA

TEJEDA

AGAETE

Pastries in the heart of the island

The Culinary secrets

Almond mountain walk

Coffe for gourmet

VALSEQUILLO

INGENIO

ARUCAS

MOYA

MOGÁN

ARTENARA

Strawberries and honey

Spicy mix with Olive and Mojo Sauce

The most famous Rum in the Canaries

A historic Sponge

The Best Tuna Fish

Vegetable stew at heaven´s door

TELDE

SAN BARTOLOMÉ DE TIRAJANA

Oranges in party dress

Traditional cuisine by the beach

SANTA BRÍGIDA Sweet Sunday meeting

LA ALDEA DE SAN NICOLÁS A Tomato that travels across Europe

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GRAN CANARIA TOURIST BOARD

SANTA MARÍA DE GUÍA

FIRGAS

First class honours for Guía Cheese

The water springs from the “hard rock”

GÁLDAR

AGÜIMES

SAN MATEO

An Onion lets its hair down

The best Olive

The market with 500 different flavours


Cheeses

Products from the Land

Gran Canaria Gourmet

The tomato is the most important crop in Gran Canaria economically speaking. The Canary tomato is red, rounded and smooth, of medium calibre and with a light bitter-sweet taste. It has always been, and is today, a highly regarded and sought after product by European consumers.

Honey The volcanic island’s location in the Atlantic Ocean gives rise to diverse microclimates that favour unique flora and a wide variety of endemic species (over 500 species unique to the Canaries and 500 from the Macaronesian region), making the honey produced in Gran Canaria quite unique in the world, as well as having indigenous bee breeds such as the Canary Black Bee.

Banana. The main Canary variety of banana is the so called Little Dwarf. It produces a yellow fruit, with marks on its skin, has excellent organoleptic qualities, and is smaller in size than the South American banana. The potato is the king of the Canary harvest, it is the tuber with the greatest presence on Gran Canaria’s farmland, and is the star of one of our best known culinary dishes, papas arrugadas.

Tropical fruits are grown deep in the leeward ravines on the island, and include: mangas, avocados, papayas, tropical pineapples, and carambola fruit with special flavours and aromas.

The orange of Gran Canaria is produced in nearly all the regions of the island. The most popular varieties are the Navel group, as they come in the classical navel shape, are large in size and are green-yellowish in colour.

Fresh fruits, such as apples, pears, loquats, apricots, plums, guava, kakis and peaches abound, and are of exceptional quality. Gofio, or maize meal, was the basic food for the Canary aboriginals, both for its high nutritional value and its simple preparation. Cereals were toasted and crushed, and eaten in the form of gofio together with other foods, such as milk, honey, butter or broth.

Gran Canaria is characterized by its marked cheese tradition, reflected in its production of a wide range of cheeses. The most important characteristic is the use of raw milk from three habitual species (goat, cow and sheep), giving rise to a great variety, and the use of vegetable rennet in some of these. This enables cheese production to be made from a raw milk base, with a maturing period of under 60 days, providing a variety of aromas and flavours which would otherwise be impossible to achieve in other industrial processes.

Wine Sea Products The extensive fauna of fish, crustaceans and molluscs is the prime attraction at many restaurants, and is a typical dish in Canary households. Among its most exquisite varieties there are Viejas, Cabrillas, Mero, Samas, Sargos, Brecas, Salmonetes, Lenguados as well as common species such as sardines, different types of magros and tuna, octopus and Potas. The best loved fish of the Canarians is Vieja, with its exquisite texture and flavour, although it is quite a lean fish.

Coffee from Agaete Agaete boasts being the only place in Europe to cultivate coffee, with a tradition that goes back to 19th century, using a scarce and ancient variety of bean, within the typically common species known as Coffea arabica.

If there was ever a product which was backed by experts’ seal of quality, then that would be wine. It is worth adding that the Canaries has great depth in variety, and considering that the area was not ravaged by phylloxera, it allows it to grow varieties not grown around the world such as tintilla and malvasía, among others. For this reason quite unique varieties of wine can be obtained, along with the great advantages this holds: their longevity and great wine purity.

Olive Oil Extra-virgin olive oil is made nowadays at the modern mills that are installed in the southeast region of the island, and is known for its excellent quality. The varieties used in the production of these oils are known as the Verdial de Huévar (or “home grown” olive), the Arbequina and the Picual, which give it its true “flavour”.

GRAN CANARIA DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN

Black Pig The Canary black pig is the only indigenous breed of pork, and is catalogued as a Special Protection Breed, as it is an endangered species. Its meat provides a fine source of fat rich in omega 3 acids and “good” polyinsaturates. Almond If we ask in Gran Canaria what is to be found in Tejeda we will be told “almendreros”, the islanders’ word for almendro, or almond tree. “Almond bienmesabe”, almond polvorones, or shortbreads, stuffed almonds and Tejeda marzipan, are just some of the highly illustrious sweets on the island.

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The Island with 21 ingredients  

The Island with 21 ingredients