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Gazpacho - a spanish potion :)

Gazpacho - a spanish potion :)


Ingredients: Tomato, pepper, cucumber, onion, extra virgin olive oil 5%, wine vinegar, salt, garlic, lemon juice. Vegetable content: 93%.

Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Gazpacho is widely eaten in Spain particularly during the hot summers, as it is refreshing and cool. Anyway we love it almost anytime.

Gazpacho has ancient roots. There are a number of theories of its origin, including as a soup of bread, olive oil, water and garlic that arrived in Spain with the Romans and also with the addition of vinegar.


While it was common for Roman soldiers to carry dried bread, garlic and vinegar to make the basics of this early soup, it was popularized in the Andalusian area of Spain.


Gazpacho - a spanish potion :)

In the 8th century it was overtaken by the Ottomans and the Moors (Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century) just across the mediterranean sea came over with a soup they called Ajo Blanco.


Christopher Columbus took this soup with him on his trips from Spain. When he brought back tomatoes, cucumbers and different peppers that is when the soup evolved to it's present state.

Gazpacho - a spanish potion :)

Andalusia was a large farming area for olives and almonds, citrus , vineyards and cork trees. Centuries ago field workers were give a food ration of bread and oil. The stale bread with added garlic, oil and any vegetables pounded in a mortar with added water makes a thirst quenching soup, in the blazing heat, and was easily assimilated to nourish the body.

Gazpacho - a spanish potion :)

Spanish cooks who endured hot Mediterranean summers combined bread, vinegar, oil and garlic to create a refreshing dish to help cool off. The cold soup that resulted – gazpacho – is notable for its piquant flavor, hearty texture and easy preparation. Centuries later it is still a summertime staple.

In addition to being refreshing and filling, chilled gazpacho requires no cooking. A blender is the only equipment needed to whip up a batch. Plus, because gazpacho takes time to get properly cold (and the garlic and other flavors need time to meld and amplify), making it in the cool of the evening to serve the next day is ideal.

From a nutritional perspective, gazpacho highlights the concept of synergy – the combined health benefits of its ingredients are greater than those provided by any one individual part. The tomatoes, for example, are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that is absorbed more readily in the presence of fat, which is provided by the olive oil. In addition, research suggests that consuming an assortment of antioxidants in combination may enhance their benefits. In gazpacho, besides the lycopene, vitamin C and other antioxidants in the tomatoes, you also get a hearty dose of disease-fighting phytochemicals from the bell pepper, garlic and onions.


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Irene 🐝 Rodriesco

hace 4 años #34

Un artículo genial, denso, con mucha información, se ha "refrescado" en una época ideal, ya va despuntando el buén tiempo. Aunque no soy una adepta, a beberlo como si de agua se tratase, puedo tomarlo como si fuera una sopa, de vez en cuando.

Cyndi wilkins

hace 4 años #33

Gazpacho is my favorite freezer friend all summer long! I never thought it might be the reason I hold a tan so well;-) Learn something new every day!

Mmmmmm. Left me hungry for more.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #31

thanks Randall Burns !

Randall Burns

hace 4 años #30

Excellent and informative article Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee. Obviously I have a professional interest in this topic and can say that this is a favorite item to have on my menus. We eat a lot of Gazpacho here in Canada in the hot summer months but I also lived in the Caribbean for over 20 years where I had this on all of my menus year round. There are many variations that can be produced in this easily prepared item, (no cooking needed), incorporating fresh local fruits, (like mango, one of my favorites), papayas, pineapple, etc. Another trick is to roast the garlic beforehand and while you will need twice as much garlic for the recipe the flavor deepens and is greatly enhanced giving a slightly smoky flavor, (roasted peppers also add a "smoky" hint), . fresh herbs, (as opposed to dried), are essential. A very versatile, healthy dish, that can easily be modified to suit one's personal tastes or special menu, theme or occasion.

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

hace 4 años #29

I will make this on Saturday. Thanks

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #28

#57
Sandra Smith probably you are right :). We are very lucky to have this unique climate.... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/spain-tourism

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #27

If you haven't seen this and love to try something new.. read! I made the gazpacho and it was delicious. I've made it since too, it's addicting. Article by Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #26

#54
Alvaro INFANTE SANCHEZ si hacemoa un artículo sobre el kalimotxo igual arrasamos en relevantes jajaja

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #25

#52
Alvaro INFANTE SANCHEZ me gusta tanto el gazpacho que el Don Simón también me vale :)

Wayne Yoshida

hace 5 años #24

#16
YES!

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #23

#41
Well Shiraz is happy juice! LOl

Ken Boddie

hace 5 años #22

#40
Oh noooooooo! Believe me, Lisa, no way has grape juice the same effect as a good Shiraz ..... hic!

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #21

#39
Two brands I see from Oz quite frequently are Yellow Kangaroo and Jacobs Creek. I think you would be right, liver damage for sure . I think grape juice has the same effect without beating up the liver :)

Ken Boddie

hace 5 años #20

Shiraz is a red grape and the wine is perhaps the most popular 'red' made and drink here in Oz, Lisa. I understand, however, that the antioxidant benefits of drinking red wine (due to the great quantities required for effect) are outweighed by the inevitable liver damage, although I could be wrong. Cheers 🍷

Ken Boddie

hace 5 años #19

#34
Are you writing from persona; experience, Ben? 😂

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #18

#29
your funny Ken Boddie, grow old 'disgracefully,' I sort of want to grow old gracefully then I heard a voice in my head say, "What 'chu" talkin bout Lisa!" PS: I think Shiraz does have antioxidant properties... maybe slows aging, so they say. That's a darker, red wine right?

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #17

Ken Boddie We drink Gazpacho in Summertime. So, I don't think it is really a soap. It is refreshing and healthy :-)

Ken Boddie

hace 5 años #16

#26
As I was just saying to Lisa Gallagher, Javier, I wouldn't turn the clock back for anything. Besides, I don't really like cold soup. Now ..... if you tell me that a glass of Shiraz or a single malt Scotch whisky has the same effect, then I'm your man!

Ken Boddie

hace 5 años #15

#25
Youth is wasted on the young, Lisa. I want to continue to grow old disgracefully. Wouldn't turn the clock back for anything. After all, who'd want to make all those mistakes again?

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #14

Lisa Gallagher well.... I am sure Gazpacho will take care about you :-)

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #13

#23
thats the spirit Ken Boddie! I looked 5 years younger after just one serving...I WISH! ;-)

Ken Boddie

hace 5 años #12

So now you tell me, Javier, that Gazpacho slows down the ageing process. Oh well, I suppose it's never too late ..... until it's too late! 😂

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #11

#21
I couldn't have eaten either Aurorasa Sima lol. Im a germaphobe! Dirty bathroom hands, no thanks haha

Tried it & tasted great, make me shake all over Javier

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #9

#9
We loved it Javier beBee, I think the garlic makes it very strong but the cucumber balanced it out with the tomatoes, red peppers etc.. I didn't add onion because I'm very sensitive to onions. I used to eat onion with everything, now I can't eat it anymore :(( I'm glad you posted this! Interesting history behind Gazpacho too!

Claire L Cardwell

hace 5 años #8

Definitely going to try it, perfect for the hot summer we are having here in SA.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #7

Very important to serve it COLD !

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #6

#8
Lisa Gallagher Gazpacho taste is strong but if you get used to it.... is really healthy and nicely addictive !!

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #5

#6
I just sent my husband to the store (oops didn't send him, he was already going) just asked if he would pick up a few things for me while there. Guess what we are having?? Gazpacho!! By the way, he said he gets anxiety trying to find groceries lol, I rarely ask him to pick up anything for me. I got a nice break today!!

David B. Grinberg

hace 5 años #4

Sounds yummy, Javier, thanks!

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #3

Spanish women are close to being world leaders in the longevity stakes, with only their Japanese counterparts living longer, new World Health Organization figures show. Spanish women lived to an average ripe old age of 85.1 years behind only the Japanese who live an average 87 years. Probably they consume a lot of Gazpacho !!! :)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 5 años #2

#4
LOL Gazpacho is a cold and strong one ( garlic, onion, olive oil, etc). You have to be used to it. Benefits from it are indubitables :)

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 años #1

Yum, num! Great recipe idea and it sounds so refreshing. LIke the health benefits you listed too!

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