The Citrus Tour@La Joya del Valle de Ricote

We had family visiting last week, so we put them in La Joya for a couple of days to experience what its like to live on a tranquil top quality citrus finca. One of the highlights was the citrus tour of the variety of rare trees which are no longer widespread due to market/supermarket demands.

Picking the fruit directly off the tree and sampling what real organic fruit tastes like is beyond words. Commercial fruit is subject to early picking, cold storage and transport which takes away the flavour of the fruit, the traditional supermarkets charge you extra for this. Here, there are lemons the size of oranges and varieties of lemons that can only be found in limited quantities here in the south of Spain and south of Italy. The Citrus Tour is available for booking for small groups. Fresh organic lemonade was served after, a secret recipe. We relished the bags of fruit that were given to us on the tour.

 The overall impression was:

 “It’s like tasting the sun”

Muchas Gracias Llanos y Asis!!!

A Lesson in Spanish Permaculture

This was a Sunday traditional murciano lunch provided by friends down the road. In their “Huerta” casa everything that is green on the table had been picked a couple of hours before. Each plate of food was prepared by each guest that visited. The potato field is surrounded by an assortment of vegetables and there is a chicken coup providing eggs(and meat) behind the first photo. All the food is natural and organic provided with a passion for cultivation. The meat was simple bought from a local butcher and cooked over a small log fire on a metal grill, along with some freshly picked spring garlic.

The generosity and kindness mixed with a homegrown approach to living is something that money cant buy. All the books on permaculture relate to this style of living and it’s a bit ironic that this rural corner of Spain has been living like this from the beginning. It’s almost a lucky coincidence that the best place to cultivate your own food in Spain is actually around here (the water supply is run off from the local river down the old Arab acequia system, the region is sunnier and warmer than any other region so the plants mature earlier and faster). It’s a lesson that remains in the culture for those who seek it. The old way of self-living is better/healthier/more balanced than the modern mass-produced non-nutritious easy fix which strangely every modern society tries to aim for…

Bye-bye wheat, hello porridge

Been reviewing everything I eat recently, mostly cutting out high glycemic carbs and eating more healthy fats/protein and uncooked/unsalted nuts.

But I’ve noticed while being here in Spain over the years, my skin seems to be drier than normal. I’m living in a warmer, sunnier climate, the water hardness probably affects it too, thought it was due to these factors more than anything else…

Then I re-read about wheat allergies/intolerances again. I’ve always thrown in a couple of weetabix with my muesli over the past couple of years, more out of habit than anything else. So 3 weeks ago I cut out everything that has highly processed wheat in it, that also means the supermarket bread, so I’m off to the local Bakery too.

 Well, so far so good, popped into the local Spanish Carrefour and low and behold, they are stocking Cheshire Oats (albeit the superfast ones), so wow breakfast from my old county in the south of Spain. Been experimenting with rice milk/almond milk, adding muesli, quinoa flakes or berries or some of the local honey, all with a pinch of pink himalayan rock salt. It’s great, bit more difficult to clean the pan :D, but seems to be the best start to the morning, skin feels better and therefore probably my gut too, seem to have a lighter stomach too. Don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner…. yummm porridge.