Calçotada

Calçotada

Calçot (Catalan pronunciation: [kəlˈsɔt]) is a type of green onion known as calçot in the Catalan language. The calçot from Valls (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain) is a registered EU Protected Geographical Indication.

Calçots are milder and less bulbous than onions and have a length of between 15 and 25 cm (white part) and a diameter of 1.7 to 2.5 cm at the root. Planted in trenches, like an onion, as a single bulb, and successively increasing the depth of the soil around the stems throughout autumn and winter (see earthing up), they sprout into 4–10 shoots, roughly the shape of small leeks or scallions.

Calçotada is an annual event in Valls, Catalonia, Spain, celebrating the harvest of calçots. They are grilled over a hot fire, wrapped up in newspaper, served on terra cotta tiles and eaten, after peeling with bare hands, by dipping them one by one in salvitxada sauce and are accompanied by red wine and bread. A course of roasted lamb and sausage and white beans follows. For dessert, oranges and white cava are served.

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