Granada doesn´t seem to have an Autumn. Temperatures plummet from mid 30Cs to 15ºC when we reach October. Local autumn dishes come on to restaurant menus and are made at home too.
The snowfall on the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains chills the air coming down into the city. Although the sun stills shines every day Autumn seems cooler than maybe we would expect.
Typical in Autumn
On these days with fresher temperatures there are lots of delicious local products to sample.
The months of October and November bring fruits such as quince, pomegranate, jujube berries and chirimoya (custard apple) All seasonal and locally produced.
Street corners around the city centre are dotted with typical roast chestnut stands. The air as you walk by loaded with the inviting aroma of chestnuts on the hot coals.
Other local produce includes varieties of pumpkin, squash and an abundance of mushrooms.
Autumn dishes in Granada
This week I tried this new 5 course menu ´A taste of autumn´ at Restaurante Los Patos, the kitchen here is run by chef Blas Hidalgo.
Thrilled to see something a little different in Granada. I went to try this seasonal menu at this handy city centre location. On Calle Recogidas, this grand building has a discrete restaurant inside the grounds of the Hotel Palacio de los Patos.
Restaurante Los Patos is an elegant place to get away from the rush of the city. The fountains and garden make a lovely place to dine and unwind before getting back to your day.
This Autumn dishes menu is a steal at just 38 euros. (available throughout November 2016)
This Autumn menu includes Bread, a good quality Red wine and water as well as the following courses:
- Porcini mushroom croquettes (seen above)
- Scrambled Eggs with Black chanterelle mushrooms (first photo above)
- Rice stew with Iberian ham and seasonal mushrooms
- Chestnut soup with foie
- Baked apple with pistacho ice cream and a touch of andalusian orange (seen in image below)
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Other typical seasonal produce in Andalusia are boniatos or sweet potatoes, we get the first mandarins and oranges of the season. Caquis known in english as Persimmon come into season too. Grapes, pears and figs are also produced locally in these months too. The almond harvest has just been collected ready for all the turron production over Christmas.
So the autumn harvest in Andalusia is truly an abundant season.
What is your favourite food at this time of the year?
Have your tried any typical Autumn dishes in Spain?