According to tradition, in the territory of Extramadura
in the southern part of Spain, in the little village of Guadalupe, a virgin appeared in 1326.
It boggles the mind that 60 percent of the world's olive oil comes from Spain-from areas like Andalusia, Extramadura
and Catalonia-and 45 percent just from Priego de Cordoba.
We considered the house speciality of Jamon Iberico (Spanish ham) from Extramadura
which is cured for two years, given a serial number and can be traced right back to the breeder and even individual pig.
GO BIRDING THURS: "Man and Nature in Extramadura
", talk by Morag McGrath, St Cyngar's Church Hall, Llangefni, 2pm.
Rick concludes his tour in the little-known region of Extramadura
, famous for pimenton and Iberico - Spain's most celebrated ham.
Thursday Rick Stein's Spain (BBC Two Wales, 8pm) Rick concludes his tour by heading to the region of Extramadura
, famous for Spain's most celebrated ham.
They were allowed to roam over fields in Extramadura
in western Spain feeding on a diet of acorns and roots that give the ham its distinctive flavour.
Yet this vast region - roughly the size of Belgium - offers a heady combination of lush forests and sweeping plains rising to ancient hilltop villages Bordering Portugal, Extramadura
also boasts incredible Roman ruins for feeds history buffs.
You can still find bodegas in Extramadura
and La Mancha in Spain making wine in clay amphoras, or tinajas, as they are called in Spain.