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What do you know about longaniza?


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What do you know about longaniza?

rworange | | Aug 16, 2006 10:09 PM

What country owns this? Is it Spain, The Philippines, Mexico, Central America or other?

A local Mexican market is selling big long coils of fresh longaniza and though I'm familiar with the name, I don't think I've ever tried it.

This area has a large variety of ethnicities, so just because it is at a Mexican market doesn't mean alot. The place down the street is a Mexican marketi with Afro-American cuts of meat and a Korean butcher.

Spanish - pork sausage seasoned with paprika, cinnamon, aniseed, garlic, and vinegar. Is this both fresh and dry?

Mexican - pork sausage flavored with chiles and spices used to make a dish called longaniza en salsa verde. From what I'm googling this might be Longaniza de Valladolid from the Yucatan with spices that might include achiote , oregano , vinegar , cloves , allspice , red onion. This might be what my local market is selling since one web page described it as a spicy chorizo-style sausage. At first I thought it was chorizo .. but darker brown.

Philippines - sweet pork sausages with paprika

Dominican - pork sausage, mildly spiced described as a dense, salty, coarse country sausage, fried, cut into small pieces and served with lime and ketchup.

Guatemala - white sausage

I don't think it is Guatamalan since it is a reddish-brown color. Although there is Spanish longaniza blanca which I read is a normal sausage colour but not as spicy as longaniza roja

One site said longaniza means "long and thin". I guess that describes, well, most sausage.

So what type are you familiar with and what do you use it for?