Gourmet Products of Gran Canaria’s Gastronomy

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April 11, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

Gran Canaria is renowned for its delicious cuisine, and not only in the traditional dishes prepared in towns around the island, but our gourmet products are also gaining much prestige.

If you come to Gran Canaria to spend your holidays with us at Dunas Hotels & Resorts, surely, one of the things you’ll do, will be tasting (and falling in love!) with the gastronomy of the island.

Gran Canaria has high-quality cuisine, where many of its flagship products are considered, by many, gourmet products. Some of them are: The Flor Guía Cheese, the Coffee from Agaete and the Oil of Olive from Temisas.

Flor de Guía Cheese

This Protected Designation of Origin cheese is a cured or semi-cured cheese, mainly made with milk from the Canarian sheep breed and with some other sheep breeds as well. Nevertheless, Canarian sheep's milk is always greater than 60%. Another characteristic that makes this gourmet product unique to Gran Canaria is that it is the only cheese that is made with vegetable rennet.

There are three varieties of this type of cheese: Flor de Guía Cheese (made exclusively with vegetable rennet); Media Flor de Guía Cheese softer in its flavour (50% is vegetable rennet); and the Guía Cheese (made with animal or vegetable rennet and other ferments). Within these varieties and depending on the maturation, there are semi-cured or cured.

The area of milk production is the same as that of processing and maturation: the north-western area of ​​Gran Canaria. Gáldar, Moya and Santa María de Guía. Although it is produced in these three municipalities, it is known as Queso de Guía, because that is where the cheesemakers traditionally used to sell it.

For all that, the Flor de Guía Cheese is one of the protagonists of many typical recipes around the island, and, for those who visit us, is definitely a must gourmet product of Gran Canaria to taste.

Café de Agaete

It is said that Café de Agaete is one of the most exotic coffees in the world, therefore is part of our island’ gourmet product.

The beginning of coffee plantations in most of the Canary Islands started at the end of the 19th century, but little by little the production stopped in all the islands to the exception of the Agaete Valley in Gran Canaria. Coffee was an expensive product to work with. Harvesting, collecting, shelling and dehulling it by hand was a huge task.

Gran Canaria grows Exotic varieties of coffee such as Typica (from Ethiopia) which is one of the oldest. Seven kilos of coffee cherries are needed to obtain one kilo of coffee. This obviously, makes it a gourmet product, since there must be big quantities of raw material to obtain an exquisite result and a valid quantity.

Coffee is never washed. Natural coffee is sweeter and has more body than the coffee you are probably used to. Its aroma is very special and everyone who tastes it keeps a pleasant memory of Agaete and its coffee, nowadays, one of the great gourmet products of Gran Canaria.

If you’d like to know more about it, please, go to the Agaete Coffee tab, where you’ll find information even to visit a coffee plantation during your stay at Dunas Hotels & Resorts.

Olive Oil from Santa Lucía or Temisas

In Gran Canaria there is a great tradition in the olive industry, located on the southeast region of the island. It is an olive oil of the highest quality, personality and identity. With great balance and aroma, very fresh, and which flavour evokes freshly cut grass. The oil of Temisas is an aromatic oil of an intense fruity aroma ... Its flavour is very characteristic, and many consider it one of the best gourmet products of Gran Canaria.

After many years of experience and history, it has been confirmed that the quality of the final product is superior if its production and its harvest are done by hand. So, just imaging how special the Olive Oil of Temisas is.

Its harvest, due to the weather, begins earlier than in the rest of Spain. Once the fruit has grown, only the best quality ones are selected, taking them to the washing phase where any leaves and soil remaining are eliminated. The Island of Gran Canaria’ olive trees grow enjoying the best climate in the world all year round, and so the olive’s quality is superb. They are collected by hand, one by one, and processed on the same day, preserving all their organoleptic properties intact. The harvest of the olive trees of Gran Canaria usually begins in September and lasts about 5 months.

They are bottled in small quantities, as a good gourmet product and are sold from the Tourist Offices of Agüimes as well as in bars and commercial stores in the area.

What gourmet product of Gran Canaria are you going to taste on your next holidays?

Photo: orocanario.com

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