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WELCOME TO FLAVOURS FROM PORTUGAL!

And may you have the chance to taste some of the most precious gastronomy secrets of the world...

This rather enthusiastic beginning expresses our willingness to offer the world a new way to access and taste some of our famous cuisine and products.

Portugal is one of the oldest Nations in the world, and despite being a relatively small nation has a surprising gastronomic variety. Portuguese food is markedly different from that of other Mediterranean countries.

The Portuguese have a long history of absorbing and influencing culinary traditions from other people throughout the world.

Portuguese cuisine and gastronomy is intimately associated with Portuguese history, and a little bit of history is not inadequate to understand this relationship.

Early in the 15th century, the Portuguese built their first caravel and sailed away to discover the islands of Madeira, Azores and Brazil. In 1498, Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India, leading to valuable spices. The Portuguese were the first European to reach the Mollucas, China, Japan and Ethiopia.

They brought back with them spices and many other exotic products up to then unknown to Europe, such as rice and tea from the Orient, coffee and peanuts from Africa, pineapples, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes from the Americas.

Portuguese food uses simple and natural ingredients, mostly based on regional production and some of them made of natural unique products, like olive oil for example.

The Portuguese are said to be in love with the sea, and so fish typifies the traditional Portuguese food. Among this 'bacalhau' or dried salted codfish, is the portuguese fish by excellence, and said to be the basis for some 1001 different recipes.

And why not talk about sardines 'sardinha', an essential delicacy in the barbecues and outdoor celebrations throughout the whole country. Or the portuguese sardines canned in olive oil or tomato sauce? Or the tasteful Portuguese recipe pork sausage 'chouriço'?

Who in the world does not know or heard about the unique Port and Madeira wines? But the country is also wealthy in other excellent wines with one hundred of different varieties of table wines, and brandy spirits.

One should not forget the hot burning 'bagaço' (distilled liquor) or the local liqueurs, such as the 'amarguinha' (made from sour almonds).

All these wines and spirits are bottled with cork, a unique and natural product (around two thirds of the world production comes from Portugal) that conceals the mystery of the wine quality, And what about the legendary 'pastéis de nata', the wide varieties of 'pão de ló' (light sponge cake), so deeply appreciated in Japan, 'queijadas de Sintra' (a type of cheese tart), not forgetting other famous convent pastry?

They say Portuguese people are sweet toothed, and as a consequence the specialities include at least two hundred different types of pastries, some of them considered Portugal's best-kept culinary secrets.

Despite the lasting influence of Portugal since centuries, we feel that there is a lack of information about the Portuguese gastronomy and products outside Portugal, and from where and how one could reach the FLAVOURS FROM PORTUGAL.

This is our objective and motivation.

And believe me, this is also for your own pleasure.

November 2005

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