The cuisine of the Delta region
The traditional cuisine of the Ebro Delta region reflects our personality and the Mediterranean landscape. Given the abundance of natural resources supplied by the land and sea, the Delta boasts a gastronomic offer that is at once rich, varied, balanced and flavoursome.
The typical cuisine of the Delta region is based on quality, seasonal and locally-sourced produce and includes the following ‘must-eat’ dishes: baldanes (black pudding), fish stews, seafood, vegetables, fresh fruit…and traditional deserts! Not content with offering traditional gastronomic delights, we also adopt modern culinary innovations, such as vegetarian and vegan options, to take our offer to another level.
Products sourced from the land and sea
Did you know that many of the most defining components of Ebro Delta cuisine are registered with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)?
These products are available in the various farm shops located in the municipalities of the Delta. Farm shops have strong ties to their local areas and allow the direct distribution of locally-sourced products renowned for their quality and traditional production methods.
This is without a doubt the star of the show. It brightens up the landscapes of the Ebro Delta in a sea of colours and contrasts. Rice is the basic component of the Delta's cultural and gastronomic offer, not to mention the backbone of our economy. More and more businesses are turning their attentions to the cultivation of organic rice with a view to preserving the extremely rich biodiversity of our land.
Seafood and fish
The Delta's abundance of fresh and salt waters means that the area is rich in nutrients and perfect for raising shellfish and fish, the quality of which is unmatched anywhere else. The sea and river take the cuisine of the Delta region to another level with the intense flavours and fine texture of oysters, mussels, prawns from Sant Carles de la Ràpita, mantis shrimp, eel, elver, etc.
In recent years, local food grade salt has received widespread recognition. Specifically, the Trinitat salt mines in the Ebro Delta are used to extract large quantities of this mineral and produce, using only traditional methods, Fleur de sel, which is an exclusive variety held in high esteem by gourmets and acclaimed chefs alike.
The market garden
The flavour, quality and multitudinous options provided by the Delta's fruits and vegetables are widely recognised, especially the oranges, mandarins and artichokes produced locally. These ingredients have so much culinary versatility and will exhilarate even the blandest of palates! They also thrive in a very characteristic micro-climate.
With a sweet flavour and viscous texture, the most important varieties of honey bear the aromas of orange and rosemary, two of the most abundant plant species in the fields and forests of Baix Ebre and Terra Alta. Honey production has deep roots in Terres de l’Ebre, particularly in the municipalities of El Perelló (Baix Ebre) and Arnes (Terra Alta).
Two designations of origin, D. O. Baix Ebre Montsià and D. O. Terra Alta, attest to quality and recognise the effort that goes into oil production in the regions of Baix Ebre, Montsià and Terra Alta. Olive oil traditions go back many centuries and are celebrated in the olive cooperatives of Terres de l’Ebre, from November to February, when the first olive oil of the season is produced.
White wines with body and high alcohol content, red wines with personality, and mellow and liqueur wines of international acclaim, all of which are registered with D.O. Terra Alta. The perfect conditions for cultivating grapevines and producing high-quality wine are provided by the contrasting climate, the excellent sunshine and the calcareous soil of this region.
Featured gastronomy and wine tourism activities in the Ebro Delta
Take part in this unique wine tasting session which showcases our gastronomy and wine tourism offer and keeps you on your toes to the very end. You simply relax, make your way to the meeting point and enjoy our wine as part of this unique activity.
Treat yourself to this unforgettable gastronomic experience which takes place out at sea! Try the oysters and mussels at the very location where they are raised. You won’t find fresher seafood anywhere else!
Everyone knows that trips across the Delta are amazing. But can you imagine improving on them by adding a gastronomic experience into the mix? For instance, join a guided cycling trip to see the rice fields and even try some of the local produce.
Delta cuisine at home
Don’t forget you can buy locally-sourced products from the various farm shops located across the municipalities of the Delta. Use our first-class products to prepare exquisite dishes. You might also want to attempt one of the traditional Delta recipes.