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I saw a piece on TVE last night from some place (I think it was O Cebreiro, but not sure... I started watching half way in) in the higher elevations in Galicia. They were interviewing two spanish pilgrims arriving at an albergue. They were walking in about 10-20 cm of snow and it looked rather cold. They both used walking poles, more to stay up-right (I guess it was slippery) than anything else.

The TV team followed them inside and we watched how they warmed up on a big bowl of caldo. It was mentioned that "caldo is pilgrim fuel" these days.

With this cold weather expected to last until Saturday, and temperatures in higher elevations of Galicia expected to get as low as -10c, good shoes and clothes is important for pilgrims.

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Just a curious question. I saw a man cutting the large leaves off stalks of plants which were in the Caldo Gallego. Were these turnips? I have never seen leaves harvested from a plant this way. Thanks and buen camino to all. John


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It is called Grelos, I did not know the English word for it, but according to this site: ... alicia.htm

"Grelos are the leaves of turnips", so you are right it is turnips.

As you see, grelos is also used with pig meat.

Lacón con Grelos

This may be the most famous dish of Galicia. Lacón is boiled meat from the front leg of a pig. Grelos are the leaves of turnips. The lacón and grelos are then boiled together and served with sausage and potatoes.

Anyone got hungry after all this food talk? It's dinner time in Santiago... :)

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