The popular Fabada Asturiana – or Spanish White Bean and Pork Stew is a recipe I shared recently, since then I have learnt that it has its own festival with its VIII edition being held this month.
The Asturias Gastronomy Festival – VIII Ruta de la Fabada and las Verdinas takes place from 11th to 27th March, this year it is later than normal because of the pandemic. Usually held in February to coincide with the World Pulses Day which the UN has celebrated on 10 February since 2017.
Pulses are a great source of protein and were very important for the working class who didn´t get enough protein by eating meat, fish or dairy products. A very filling staple in the north of Spain. They can also be a healthy choice for meat-eaters and non meat-eaters alike. You can add pulses to soups, casseroles and meat dishes to add extra texture and flavour or as a thickener.
Photo – Fabada Festival Poster
Pulses are a good source of iron and fibre and count as one of the 5 portions of fruit and veg a day that we are encouraged to eat a minimum of. If you haven´t already followed my recipe then World Fabada Day – #FabadaDay is on 20th March, and what better reason could there be to make Fabada Asturiana – or Spanish White Bean and Pork Stew.