The climate in Candeleda is terrific for rich gardens that produce quality fruits, vegetables and legumes. Candeleda cuisine greatly influences Extemadura cuisine due to its close proximity. The pepper, popularly called the cornicabra, is outstanding and comes from the famous handmade Pimentón de Candeleda that gives dishes a special and unmistakable smell and look.
If you want to know what to eat in Candeleda a typical dish is the Sierra potatoes, seasoned with garlic and paprika, and accompanied with torreznos. Another popular dish is the migas, originally made in the country, made with bread, sausage, fried peppers, potatoes and paprika. Sausage is popular during the San Blas Celebration, when they celebrate Sausage Day. It is customary to enjoy the sausage with a donut.
In summer, when the heat surpasses 35 degrees, dishes are made with ingredients from the gardens, like rin ran, zucchini and gazpacho. Candeleda never lacks goat, both roasted and fried, as well as the suckling pig and Avilan beef. Cheeses made of goat milk are also typical. If you like fruit, you will enjoy the seasonal picota cherries and the “cuello de dama” figs.
As for pastries, the roscas de San Blas are famous, as well as the magdalenas, perrunillas, mantecados and floretas de miel. If you are planning to visit Candeleda we recommend looking at specific culinary events like: Jornadas Micológicas, Concurso de Tapas, Feria del Queso de Cabra and Feria del Pimentón.