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Padron - "peppercorn" Galicia


The famous Spanish green pepper from Padron, a small town in Galicia (region of Spain), has an interesting feature: a dozen sweet peppers will definitely come across one very hot one. Thanks to this feature, this pepper is called "Russian culinary roulette". In Spain, there is even a saying: "Padron peppers are some harnesses, but not others." However, in appearance it is impossible to distinguish them. The number of hot peppers depends on the season: sometimes there are almost no sharp, and sometimes almost all sharp. They are usually served as a snack. Men especially love them.

1. Take 200-500 grams of pimentos del padron pepper.

2. Wash and dry the pepper with a paper towel.

3. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan (the oil should be enough to cover the bottom).

4. After the oil has warmed well, toss the pepper into the pan.

5. Fry pepper on all sides, periodically shaking the pan.

6. After the pepper begins to brown, generously sprinkle it with coarse salt.

7. A sign of pepper readiness will be a brownish-golden crust. Remove the pan from the heat, but hold the pepper under the lid for another 2-3 minutes.

8. Add some more salt and serve hot appetizer!

Serve pimento del padron with dry Spanish sherry wine.

Everything except the stem is edible in this appetizer.

If you have a very spicy pimententos del padron served in the restaurant and you are not a fan of sharp dressings, try to muffle pepper with a teaspoon of honey.

Padron Attractions

Padron is located in a picturesque valley between the rivers Sar and Ulya. The village is surrounded by low hills, among which the highest are Meda (451 m), Lapido (432 m) and San Gregorio (200 m). A panoramic view of the valley opens from the "mirador" of the monastery of Del Carmen. The monastery was built in the first third of the 18th century with money donated by Bishop Quito (Ecuador) and Padron native Alonso de la Peña y Montenegro. At the foot of the monastery is the Del Carmen fountain with bas-reliefs reflecting scenes dedicated to the Apostle Santiago and the pilgrims. The architectural complex complements the bridge, built in the middle of the XIX century on the site of the old one, which was destroyed by severe flooding. The stone stairs, located a few meters from the bridge, you can climb the mountain from the chapel of the Apostle Santiago.

Behind the bridge on the left is the main church of Padron, and on the right is Espolon, possibly one of the most beautiful boulevards in Spain. It contains a monument to Rosalia de Castro, paid for by the Padron natives living in Uruguay. On both sides of the shady alley grow trees whose crowns cross at the top, forming amazing arched vaults. Nearby is an open space on which a busy market runs on Sundays, which is very popular in Galicia. The market has a large selection of local vegetables, delicious cheeses, artisanal breads, as well as clothing and pets.

The city hall building with a magnificent facade, built in the 18th century, on which the emblem of Padron carved from stone stands out, as well as the palace of Bishop Quito, the church of Santiago with wonderful mosaics reminiscent of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as well as St. Mary's Church are noteworthy. The importance of Padron in the old days is evidenced by the fact that the remains of 28 bishops are buried in the church of Santiago, or the Apostle. The Church of St. Mary was restored at the beginning of the XVIII century, but its history began during the birth of Christianity. In 997, the church was destroyed. It was restored by Archbishop Diego Helmires in the 12th century. In the depths of the village on one of the small squares there is a cross, one of the oldest in the region, dating from the 15th century. It depicts Jesus and the Virgin Mary de las Angustias. And the Franciscan Monastery of St. Antonio overlooks the Hive River, the history of which has been going on for five centuries.

Opposite the Cannon House with its museum of religious art is the Camilo Jose Sela Foundation, which contains all the manuscripts of the Nobel laureate, drafts, workbooks and sample editions of all his books. The exposition is complemented by a collection of more than 250 paintings and drawings by Picasso, Miro, Sabalets, Lorca and other artists. In the garden is “Sarita”, one of the first locomotives of Galicia, but on the contrary, in a small area - a monument to the writer.

Fans of the work of Rosalia de Castro can visit the house-museum of the poetess, who in Galicia is very appreciated and considered a national heroine.

On the other side of the N-550 road is the Botanical Garden, founded in the 19th century and declared a national cultural heritage in 1946. Its attraction is exotic species of flora, among which there are several instances of huge sequoias.


In addition to the already mentioned Pepper Festival and traditional religious celebrations, it is worth noting the People's Sardiniad, which is held on the day of St. Santiago on Mount Santiaginho, and the Tortilla Festival. People’s Sardiniades are accompanied by competitions of regional Galician dances “Muneira”, or in Spanish “Molinero”. Tortilla's holiday coincides with the day of St. Isidoro (May 15), when this huge dish is being prepared in Spain. In 1990, the tortilla from Padron entered the Guinness Book of Records.

How to get there

The N-550 road passes through Padron (A Coruña-Tui), and the A-9 motorway passes near the village. Local roads to Padron can be reached from Ribeira, Noi or Pontevedra.

Pimententos del padron (Pimientos de Padr? N) step by step recipe

Wash and drain the pimento del padron or other not too sharp green pepper.

Fry in warm olive oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, remove and pat dry with a kitchen paper towel, sprinkle with salt “flora de sel”. serve right away.

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