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THE ORCHARD

The orchard is the joy of Teruels' rustic landscape. Joy for the view and also for the palate because it provides simple fruits and pleasures. Spring Onions from the Ebro river, tomatoes from Utebo, garlic from Bardallur and Arándiga or thistles from Muel and Mozota are some of the geographic samples of the orchard of Teruel that completes its abundance with the excellent quality and variety of the fruits that produce.
One characterizes by muddy alluvium grounds and an extreme and windy climate that imposes in vegetables certain difficulty in the own development. But when growing more slowly, the plants accumulate and concentrate in their organs the substances that they synthesize. For that reason, the vegetables always have been characterized by their stocky development and its extraordinary flavour. It is the secret of an imposing orchard, that reserves the exclusive right to produce native treasures like the borage, one of a kind jewels of the Aragonese patrimony, or the spring onion, a sweet and pleasant pleasure that has even known to ally with the cooks thanks to the kindness it offers in the ceremony of the cutting up it's free of teers.
The artichoke is another one of the great trophies that the orchard of the valley of the Ebro offers. They have been consumed in Aragón since the 16th century; the tradition has taken advantage of the time having matured countless suggestive recipees. Not in vain, the artichoke is excellent boiled, flavoured with a good olive oil, filled with ham, stewed and even coated in breadcrumbs. Indispensable product in the Zaragozan pantry is also the lettuce that, although takes place all the year, reaches its fullness after the consumption during the month of October. Between all the other origins, the Zaragozan salad is valued by its tenderness and gentleness and its colours and flavours.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, borages, beets, artichokes, lettuces, endives, thistles, peppers, coal, cauliflower, marrows, spinach, leek, garlic , green beans, parsley or watermelons, among other products, continue supplying the Aragonese tables from the traditional orchards of the average valley of the Ebro, from Mallén to Gelsa (Ebro river), from Zuera to Zaragoza (Gállego river), from Mezalocha to Zaragoza (Huerva river) or from the system of irrigations of the Imperial Channel and the Channel of Tauste and the Jalo'n river that comes down from the Grío river.
The plantations of the Peach of Calanda are located in the natural region of the Lower Aragón, who's geographic and climatic characteristics are responsible for the out coming of such a sweet, consistent and fleshy fruit. The properties of the Peach are given by the denominated technique "pocketed", a laborious and different technique that protects the fruit of any plague and makes it as result a healthy and clean product. The Peach of Calanda has reached its fame by its special size, quality and sweetness. But also by its yellow colour cream and uniform, that turns it into a showy and distinguished fruit.

Asparagus has been throughout history one of the most praised vegetables. Good asparagus must have a white colour and a smooth and little fibrous texture. Between its properties it emphasizes its index of calories and proteins and its special laxative and diuretic qualities. The zone of production of asparagus, protected by the Specific Denomination Asparagus of Navarre, is constituted by lands located in Navarre, Aragón and the Rioja, that the Regulating Council considers apt for the production of asparagus with the necessary quality. Green, white and dwelled asparagus are collected in the month of April by more than 1200 agriculturists. The Aragonese zone of production composes 42 municipalities of the regions of Tarazona, Borja, Cinco Villas and Jacetania.
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