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Beans are always an important staple for me on the Camino and off - I love them all! Alubias de Cantabria are like a stew but brother-in-law popped in so I added some stock and rice to stretch my usual pot of beans into almost a soup 1604590699125.png
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Absolutely NOTHING wrong with using olive oil for frying, says an Andalusian! This said, beans and pork, for those who enjoy eating it, are a couple made in heaven. Particularly if you pick a good chorizo.

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If you travel the Primivo you will see lots of bean stews on the menu. Asturians is said to the "bean central" in Spain. Fabada asturiana, often simply known as fabada, is a rich Spanish bean stew, originally from and most commonly found in the autonomous community of Principality of Asturias, but widely available throughout the whole of Spain and in Spanish restaurants worldwide


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I learned a secret about those famous Asturian fabas. Many of them actually come from Galicia. The bean museum in Lourenza and some farmers out in the fields made that point repeatedly to us.

In the days when I used to take a train from Santiago to Madrid after walking, I always brought home some Lourenza beans that I bought on the Rua Horreo on the way to the station. There is a small grocery store on the right side of the street that always has a big bin of these beans — last time I bought them, they were about 12 € a kilo — not cheap, but cheaper than the Asturian fabas from Asturias.


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I learned a secret about those famous Asturian fabas. Many of them actually come from Galicia. The bean museum in Lourenza and some farmers out in the fields made that point repeatedly to us.
Yes, but there is also production of fabes in Asturias of course.
In Asturias they call them fabes that is the feminine plural of faba in Asturian.
This word is now popular in the rest of Spain for Asturian beans and you can see "fabes con almejas" on menus everywhere in Spain.

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