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Great Spanish Food & Confessions of an Horchata Fiend

FeedMe | May 24, 2002 01:07 AM

Just for starters, is the source of some of the best spanish products available anywhere other then the Iberian peninsula:

Typically Horchata (actually orgeat in English) from Spain is made from Chufas (ground-almonds). It is very hard to find in the U.S.

Ground Almonds or Chufas are dry wrinkly tubers. They are a kids snack food in Spain. When rehydrated and pureed they are the flavor in Horchata de Chufa.

It is impossible to find fresh Horchata in the U.S. Bottled Horchata is UHT pasteurized and good, but not the same as fresh.

Horchata is originally from Valencia in Spain and is a summer drink. It is sort of considerd "kid-stuff." Fresh it's is like a cross between almonds, coconut, and...

The one source I know of bottled Horchata de Chufa is URL below.

That said, I always think of the Mexican variety as sort of liquid rice pudding because it is usually rice based.

Almond-based Horchata is sometimes made in Spain and even Italy has Orgeat syrup which is almond-based. is also the source of some of the best spanish foods this side of the Iberian peninsula:

- Real Jamon Serrano
- Spanish Chorizo
- All sorts of Olive products
- Turron
- Spanish Smoked Paprika
- etc.

Buen Provecho


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