Spain; the kingdom of kingdoms

 

Spain is a country in the European Union. Its surface area is around 505,990 km² and an estimated population of around 46 million. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean sea and located between France, Morocco and Portugal. Spain has a mosaic of geography that brings in different climate and different types of food.  I chose to discuss Spain due to its rich history that is characterized by the inheritance of the land by different Empires through a number of wars over the centuries. It was ruled by the Roman Empire then was conquered by the Moors and later was again ruled by the Spanish Crusaders.

 

Due to its history and geographical location, Spain is known to have distinct areas that are culturally divers.  It consists of Northern, Eastern, Costal, Sothern, Inner-Spain, and Mid-Spain. Its own type of food characterizes each area. The Northern part is close to France, and is famous for seafood. The Mediterranean and Atlantic cuisine is also best for its seafood. Inner Spain, which is also called Castile, is known for its way of preserving food by adding salt. Some of the Spanish traditional cuisines include: Salmarejo, Octopus Galicia, Paella, Churros, Tortilla Espanola, Sangria and Manchego cheese.

 

Muslims in Spain enjoyed foods that were not commonly used to prepare dishes in Spain. These included figs, raisins, milk, butter, honey, couscous, rice, eggplants, squash, nuts, sugar syrup, and a variety of fresh, dried, and candied fruits. Muslims and Arabs way of eating together invited the culture of sharing food as a form of curtsey and was considered a novelty.

 

Through the years, different groups in Spain wished to be separated, even with there eating manners. Sharing food with the Muslims was considered a negative behaviour. For example, when King Enrique IV of Castile was criticized for setting down and enjoying gifted food from Muslims, and similar to Muslims tradition. By the fifteenth century, sharing food with Muslims was considered negative. Christians preferred to have separate types of food, and for their foot to be eaten in different manners. It was believed that higher Hierarchies and more bourgeois people would eat on a table, using napkins and utensils and people who ate together from one cheap plate using their hands were considered of lower hierarches and poor.

 

 

In conclusion, culture is a way of life shared by tribes, a city or country .at first I thought food did not influence culture then I realized that it dose. Looking back at my culture and my food I see that my culture is different or unique it has some similarities to Spain like, us Jordanians, we celebrate Independence Day as well as in Spain. The food in Spain directly affected the culture of the Spanish through its diversity and availability.