Navarre’s Ample Pantry

Artichokes from Navarre / Felíx Lorrio

Artichokes from Navarre / Felíx Lorrio

The San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) is still going strong, spilling onto this city’s historic streets at all hours of the day and night. And while there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is probably the event that this northern Spanish region is most famous for on an international level, Navarre has much more to offer in terms of history, monuments, natural landmarks, culture and, of course, gastronomy.

In addition to excellent regional and local cuisine, as well as top-notch avant-garde restaurants, Navarre is particularly famous for its many fantastic vegetables and vegetable preserves, as well as its cheeses and meat products – many of which have been protected with Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) or Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status – and its wines.

Fortunately, these products are starting to be available in local supermarkets and specialty shops outside of Spain, so look for some of the following products next time you go to the store, or make a point of trying them while in Navarre:

PGI Espárrago de Navarra (asparagus from Navarre)

PGI Alcachofa de Tudela (artichokes from Tudela)

PDO Pimiento de Piquillo de Lodosa (piquillo peppers from Lodosa)

PDO Queso Roncal (Roncal cheese)

PDO Queso Idiazabal (Idiazabal cheese that can be made in specific areas of Navarre and Basque Country)

Happy weekend!

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