Fresh Vegetables & Pulses

Good news for lovers of fresh vegetables and pulses

 © Michelle Chaplow Fresh vegetables on the market in Spain
Fresh vegetables on the market in Spain

Spain does fresh produce remarkably well - and that includes the fruit and vegetables that are so important for vegetarian and vegan diets. Spaniards have a great respect for what's in season, with market sellers and greengrocers often only selling produce from within Spain. Some vendors will even warn their customers if the item they pick up has been shipped from afar.

Another positive is that protein-rich nuts, pulses and seeds are very much the rage in Spain. Follow the aroma of roasting castañas (chestnuts) and almendras (almonds) sold in the street, or raid the nuts aisle of any supermarket. Here you will discover a wide range of scrummy, protein-based snacks like altramuces (lupin seeds, sold in airtight packets or jars), pipas (sunflower seeds) habas fritas (fried broad beans) and garbanzos tostados (roasted chickpeas).

Want more? Read on. for tips about eating in and eating out as a vegetarian.

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