Are you going to Mijas, Spain for vacation soon? This beautiful suburb of Malaga city is home to some of the finest cuisine in the entire Costa del Sol region in Southern Spain. It starts with locally grown organic produce and a true shift towards farm-to-table («Huerta a la mesa» in Spanish) and away from factory farming.
Farm to Table Means Fresher Produce
Whether the restaurant has a farm (the way El Panal de la Reina does) or purchases local produce from a nearby farm, a shorter distance for food to travel will always be fresher. When restaurants use factory-farmed stables the produce can come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Some nutrition and flavor are lost through the oxidation process over time even when refrigeration is involved.
Take for example a popular salad dish that is local to the Malaga region. «Ensalada Malagueña» has a simple name translating to «Malagian Salad» but is simple with a wonderful fresh flavor. It contains oranges, green onion, potatoes, salt cod, and black olives. These ingredients can come from thousands of miles away if the restaurant is not using local produce. Considering Malaga is close to some of the finest Valencia oranges and an all-year growing season, there is no reason a restaurant should be purchasing mass-produced produce.
El Panal de la Reina is one of the few local restaurants that are not only farm-to-table but also grow their organic produce. In a world filled with pesticides and insecticides making their way into much of the produce we eat. This is a welcome change that improves nutritional value and flavor.
The Best Spanish Cuisine is Fresh and Delicate
Unlike cuisines that use bold flavors like Italian or Indian, Spanish cuisine focuses more on a fresh and delicate taste. It is a culinary style difference that goes back hundreds of years and stems from differences in the sort of produce each region prefers. There are similarities but Spanish dishes are unique in their combination of salts, acids, and sugars. They also utilize shared dishes in the form of tapas where restaurant-goers share many smaller dishes as an appetizer or as a meal.
El Panal de la Reina: Organic Farm to Table Cuisine in Mijas
If you live in or are visiting Southern Spain, make your way to El Panal de La Reina for the finest organic farm-to-table in the region. We proudly make some of the Best Spanish Cuisine in Mijas Spain where everything is locally sourced at our farm or nearby partner farms that we work with. You can count on unmatched freshness and flavors you’ll remember for a long time. We now have live music during the week and are open for lunch on the weekends.
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