Did you know the origin of the tapas?


Today we bring you this interesting article so you know the possible origins of the internationally famous Spanish tapas:
When you hear “Spain” in the gastronomic world, everyone in our the world think about the Mediterranean diet and the contributions we make to it.
But Mediterranean cuisine not only corresponds to Spain. It also includes Italy, Greece, France, …
However, abroad, the gastronomic brand “Spain” is associated with the tapas, that sublime art of eating and drinking at the same time, being able to taste different dishes without having to satiate one at a time, giving our kitchen a Wide wealth and variety without equal.

But where does the origin of the tapas come from? It is partly thanks to her that we are a world-wide gastronomic power with other countries like Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, France, …

From Eventaltur we wanted to inquire about the cover, and the results are very interesting.

Leaving aside the ancient legends or myths from the Middle Ages about whether “King Alfonso X the Wise” used them to combat a disease, the “Catholic Kings” to feed during their long campaigns of reconquest or for the provision of soldiers in the sixteenth century , We have found 4 theories sustained and close in time that indicate their beginnings, which we will describe, and leave it to the reader to choose which is the most truthful and worthy to tell their friends at the next meeting:
Alfonso XIII and Cadiz: In one of his visits in 1917 to Cadiz, the king stopped in the” Ventorrillo Bar” to drink a wine from Jerez. At that moment a whirlwind of wind came in and raised sand, and the clever waiter ran a slice of ham over the top of the glass so that the sand would not come in, and it was funny to the king that he asked for another wine with a “tapa”. Being copied by all the presents of the place.

 -Almería and Casa Puga: Another of the documented theories is found in the old Almeria bar “Casa Puga”, opened since 1890. On this occasion the owners of the bar used a slice of ham or loin stuffed in the wine glass in order to avoid to lose its aroma. This bar is still open and is the oldest in the area. It is dated this custom from 1907.

-Granada and the colambre: In 1911 the magazine “The Alhambra” began to speak of the Andalusian man passing beers with their tapas, which they call, or appetizers of the “colambre”.

-Sevilla and the sale of Antequera: Again King Alfonso XIII in one of his visits in 1916 to the Andalusian capital and in particular to the “sale of Antequera” bar, its owner was dedicated to entertain the monarch and his people with a “tonteo”,  that consist to serve 32 different tapas.

From there we began to know the word “tapa” regularly in Madrid, where the press knew and began to take force this method that combined the drink with the food at the same time. As you can see the common nexus of all these stories is that their development is linked “Andalusia” in the late nineteenth century- early twentieth. Whatever the true origin, we must be proud of our tapas that are part of our gastronomy and make us unique in the world.

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