Tomatoes from the Basque Country
Which area of Spain is it typical?
- Autonomous region:
- Basque Country
From Mexico, the tomato reached Spain in the 16th century and its cultivation spread rapidly. Tomatoes from the Basque Country are outstanding because of their great quality, provided by excellent climatic conditions.
The abundant rainfall and gentle temperatures of the Basque Country are the ideal conditions for producing tomatoes. They are grown in small areas near the markets, to avoid too much handling. Tomatoes defined as top quality grown in a way that is respectful to the environment can be found under the Basque Food Quality Label "Quality Basque Country Tomato". They are globe shaped, with grooves, and are green and red in colour. They are characterised largely by their fleshiness, firm pulp and an interior free of holes. On the market they may appear packed in trays or sold by weight, but they will always be identified with a label issued by the Label organisation, with the corresponding logo and Kalitatea symbol.
- Type of product:
- The best time for consumption is the period between June and October
- The production area covered by the Label covers the three Basque provinces.
- To drink with it:
- Depending on the culinary preparation they form part of.
- Where to buy:
- Greengrocers and food shops in the Basque Country.
- Fish soup
- Rich in vitamins C and E.