Gastronomy

Prades Potato

Patates

If there is one town in Catalonia which is most identified with the potato it is Prades. At the end of the 19th century Emili Llauradó made mention of the Prades potato (or trumfos as they are known as locally) in his Geografia General de Catalunya and José Ruy Fernandez also referred to it in his Notas Estadísticas e Históricas de la Vila de Prades, published in 1920.

The potatoes are produced at about 950 metres above sea level. One of the most notable characteristics of the Prades Potato (Kennebec Variety) is its high starch content, which is double that of most potatoes grown in the country.

It is a high quality product which is easy to cook and has white flesh, a sweet taste, a clear, smooth yellow skin and a slight aroma of chestnut.

These qualities come from environmental factors: cool temperatures in the summer, humidity, fertile silicon and slightly sandy soil which enables good oxygenation and excellent water quality.

Indicació Geogràfica Protegida (IGP)Agronomic qualities: careful selection of seed tubers, balanced fertilization, harvest by hand, and the practice of not harvesting potatoes until two weeks after the death of the plant.

In 2001 PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) was awarded to the plant in recognition of its attributes. This is the distinction given by the European Union to agri-food products of great prestige and reputation which are found within a specific geographical area. 

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Chestnuts

CastanyesPrades Chestnuts have also been well-known for many years and the Cella Ampla variety is highly appreciated both for its taste and for its size.  Chestnuts are eaten on toast or as a complement, especially in game dishes.

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Mushrooms

BoletsMushrooms are also highly appreciated and there are numerous varieties: rovelló (bloody milk cap), llenega or mocosa (ivory waxy cap), fredolic (grey Knight), ceps, ou de reig (Caesar’s mushroom), carlet, rossinyol (chanterelles) and cogoma (false death cap).

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Honey

MelHoney also plays an important role in Prades gastronomy due to the wide variety of flora in the area. Particularly appreciated are rosemary honey, thousand flower honey and oak honey. Currently there are three honey producers. It should also be mentioned that the Virgin of the Beehive is the Patron Saint of Catalan Apiculturists.

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Hazelnuts

Agriculture in Prades has been dominated by potatoes and hazelnuts and though numbers have diminished hazel trees are scattered throughout the municipality. The main variety of hazelnut is the Negreta variety, which is very sweet and easy to peel, and is essential in good músic desserts (dessert of mixed nuts)

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Sausages (Embotits)

Sausages made in the town have always been much appreciated owing to the traditional way in which they are prepared.

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Game

Wild boar and, to a lesser extent, roe deer and rabbits are an important component of local gastronomy, and can be found carefully prepared in many restaurants in Prades.

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