Anyone who has ever tasted pineapples from the Azores wants nothing else. The sweet taste, the soft pulp that is melting on the tongue ... just divine. Come to the island of São Miguel, visit the pineapple plantations and taste for yourself! #Azors
The many traditional recipes of the cuisine of the Azores inspire everyone who appreciates good food. Here there is an abundance of fish and shellfish, so the Azores are a paradise for those who love fresh fish.
Grilled, in fish soups or soups - fish are available in all conceivable forms. But you definitely try and ate (tuna), which is in these waters pink, has a mild flavor and a smooth fibrillation, slightly salty and is still brought in on a leash and bait. Or polvo (octopus) you love braised here especially in vinho de cheiro (Isabella-red). In the Azores, there are shells that are not found anywhere else, such as lapas, cracas, or cavaco, a delicate and savory lobster species, almost a sin not to try it.
When meat there are dishes that are typical of the Azores: the cozido das Furnas (mixed meat with vegetables) is unique in that it is cooked in the ground with the geothermal energy of the place on the island of S. Migue l. At the right time, we can look at the lagoon to prepare the meal. On the island of Terceira is the well-seasoned in the traditional way alcatra (beef stew) at the center, and on the other islands the different varieties of yam with smoked sausage.
A native of Furnas bolo lêvedo (sweet yeast cakes) is also very popular and can crop up at every meal, where it is eaten dry or with butter or jam. Or with honey from the Azores, which, with their variety and richness of flowers, contribute to a product of high quality with a protected designation of origin.
At dessert the pineapple ruled, with sweet-sour taste and a very pleasant flavor, and as it can not be otherwise, the desserts. Massa sovada (yeast cake), Cavacas de Santa Maria (cookies), queijadas de Vila Franca do Campo (cheese tartlet) donas-Amelia (cheese tartlet) and doces de alfenim (particles made of icing) from Terceira, Fofas do Faial (filled with cream particles ) queijadas da Graciosa (cheese tartlet) covilhetes de leite (milk cream patties) ... it's almost impossible to list them all. All together is their quality and the love with which they are made.
Clear that in the milk and milk riches tradition of the Azores on almost all islands various dairy products are produced, especially the cheese. The most famous is the cheese of São Jorge. The São Jorge cheese weighs eight to twelve kilograms, made from raw cow's milk and salt, and has a yellowish color and a firm to semi-consistency, depending on its maturation time, with a strong characteristic to which the spicy taste contributes. São Miguel has a cheese variety, which is different in structure and taste. Piquant is the cheese of Graciosa, with yellowish color and crumbly structure. From Pico comes a creamy cheese, soft and compact. With a very strong taste, from a half-fat and semi-firm cream, we have the cheese of Corvo before us. Buttery, fresh and mature are Terceira's cheeses. And the popular Flamengo cheese comes from Faial.
However, we can not try without the local wine these specialties. Although the Verdelho wine is the best known, there are others that you can drink while eating, like the reds and whites of Pico, Graciosa, Santa Maria or Terceira. Here the wines dominate from Biscoitos, where you can visit the local museum. We also have the passion fruit or pineapple liqueurs drunk especially after meals.
As area of major religious traditions in conjunction with the Holy Spirit festivities the Azores give presents us with a special menu. It consists of sopa do Espírito Santo, cozido, alcatra, pão de mesa (bread), pão d'água (bread with thick crust), pão doce (sweet bread) , massa sovada (yeast cake), and Isabella red wine is drunk.
The island of São Miguel is the only place in Europe is produced at the tea. It has been cultivated since the nineteenth century and its processing has been unchanged for more than two centuries, so it is an ecological product free from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The green tea of the Azores is the most popular, although black tea is also produced in different varieties. A good idea to finish the meal or start the day.