loading...
Apples and cider

Cider Culture in Asturias: Tradition, Crafting, and Festive Customs

Asturias, one of Spain's lushest and most picturesque regions, is home to a delicious drink that is more than a mere drink. In Asturias, cider is interwoven with the fabric of its people, culture, and history.

Today, I aim to delve into the significance of this enchanting beverage in Asturias, exploring its traditional production methods and the unique ritual of its service - known as "el Escanciado."

Production Process of Asturian Cider

Production of cider

The cider-making season commences in October with the harvest of apples, initiating a meticulous process deeply ingrained in tradition. From hand-selecting the apples to their crushing and fermentation in traditional "Lagares" (cider presses), each step is pivotal in crafting Asturias' distinctive cider. Carefully controlled fermentation and subsequent ageing yield a beverage encapsulating the singular flavour of the region's apples.

Pouring Cider, "El Escanciado" and "El Culin"

Serving cider

@sidradeasturias

One of the most distinctive features of Asturian cider is how it's served: through "el Escanciado" or pouring. Raising the arm to pour the cider from a considerable height isn't just a technique; it's a ritual that enhances the drink's organoleptic properties, aiming to mimic the pressure of the cider when served directly from the barrel. Then, the glass you've been served, known as "el culin," must be consumed in a few gulps. If you're not accustomed to drinking cider, ask the waiter for a smaller glass next time.

Moreover, camaraderie and celebration intertwine with the act of sharing a bottle of cider, making it a unique social experience.

Cider Culture in Asturias - "Cultura Sidrera"

Cider in Asturias transcends its role as a mere beverage; it serves as a socio-cultural emblem evident in all facets of Asturian life. From "espichas," intimate gatherings hosted within cider houses, to "fiestas de prao," where music and cider transform the countryside into a jubilant arena, and not forgetting the "Sidrerías," bars offering a taste of Asturian culinary delights alongside impeccably poured fresh cider.

Indeed, cider lies at the heart of celebrations, fostering camaraderie and joy among friends and family. Its historical roots stretch back centuries, with references dating to the 1st century BC, a testament to its enduring appeal.

Cider beyond Asturias

Although cider is emblematic of Asturias, its influence extends to other regions as Basque Country, and other countries, each with its own variant. From France to Mexico, through the United Kingdom and Argentina, cider is produced and consumed worldwide. However, the Asturian-style serving method is unique and characteristic of the region.

As you can see Cider in Asturias isn't just a beverage; it's a link to history, tradition, and community. Its meticulous production process and characteristic serving style make it a cultural treasure that transcends borders.

Here are a couple of useful links for you to learn more about Asturias, its cider, how to get it, and some of my recipes that pair perfectly with a bottle of cider.

Lagos de Covadonga

Discover Asturias

Few regional recipes to pair with a glass of cider:

I hope you enjoyed it, and I'll see you soon with more recipes.

0 Ratings | Rating: 0 out of 5
Chef H. Delgado Ebook

I’m Chef H. Delgado

It is a pleasure for me to invite you to discover the best dishes and ingredients of Spanish cuisine. Receive my best Spanish recipes via e-mail

Latest entries of my blog

Patatas a la Importancia
Recipes

Spanish Potatoes Stew Recipe, Ingenuity in Times of Hunger

Never before have potatoes been given so much importance as in this recipe. I say this not only because these potatoes are incredibly delicious, but also because the Spanish name for this recipe is; "Patatas a la Importancia".

Read more
Glass of Asturian Cider
Ingredients

Cider Culture in Asturias: Tradition, Crafting, and Festive Customs

Asturias, one of Spain's lushest and most picturesque regions, is home to a delicious drink that is more than a mere drink. In Asturias, cider is interwoven with the fabric of its people, culture, and history.

Read more
Fava beans and octopus stewes
Recipes

Stewed Broad Beans with Octopus and an Oriental Twist

I present a traditional recipe from northern Spain. A delectable stew renowned in the Asturias region called “ Fabes con Pulpo”. But this time, I've given an umami essence by simmering the fava beans with Kombu seaweed, Nori, and an additional texture with the inclusion of wood ear mushrooms.

Read more
Fennel and sausages stew
Recipes

Fennel and Chorizo Stew Recipe

I present to you a delightful and comforting soup, perfect for tackling chilly winter days. This fennel and chorizo stew is a culinary gem that has stood the test of time, passed down through generations in the Mediterranean region of Spain, particularly in the beautiful region of Andalusia.

Read more
Plants-based recipes
Recipes

Spanish Vegan Delights, 10 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes

I've crafted this special document to provide you with various options that go beyond the ordinary, exploring creative combinations of fresh and nutritious ingredients, from comforting dishes to light and refreshing choices.

Read more
Recipes

Quick Pickling Vegetable Skewers

This week, I've rescued and updated one of my favourite recipes to start the year eating healthy and being more sustainable. I've put a spin on the classic Spanish pickled vegetable skewer "Banderilla," using a part of broccoli almost no one uses, the stems.

Read more
Chef H. Delgado Ebook
Chef H. Delgado Ebook

Subscribe now and get a free copy of my first e-book

The selection of these 12 old recipes of humble origin tries to show the more representatives products of my country. Enjoy!