The foods of Spain
The traditional food of Spain is 1. Paella Valenciana. the iconic, emblematic national dish of Spain, saffron-perfumed Paella Valenciana. Authentic paella originates from the region around Valencia, and comes in two varieties: Paella Valenciana, with rabbit and chicken; and seafood paella.
From tasty tapas to superb seafood and traditional roasts, food in Spain is all about making the most of the best local produce. Spain is a diverse country with different cultures and cuisines, though they share some common traits (which are also common to other Mediterranean countries). Mostly olive oil is used for cooking, and the base for many Spanish dishes is the “sofrito”: tomato, onion, garlic and peppers, fried in oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. Herbs and spices such as bay, parsley, rosemary, thyme, clove, nutmeg, cumin and paprika are often used. Very spicy dishes are rare in traditional Spanish cuisine.