Monday December 5, 2011
Pig Out At Selected Island Restaurants
Tourists who wish to try a taste of the Canaries can find ‘cocino negro’ (or black pig) on the menu of several leading restaurants in Lanzarote this week. As part of a gastronomic event organised by the Ayuntamiento of Arrecife to promote the traditional dishes of the island.
The Government of Lanzarote, in conjunction with the Ayuntamiento of Arrecife, has organised a gastronomic week dedicated to the authentic flavours of the islands. And Cocino Negro – or black pig – is a speciality that several chefs have been keen to reintroduce to their menus.
Black Canarian pig is a specific porcine breed that was already well established across the islands before the conquistadores arrived from Spain. It is unknown where the species came from but once the Canarian archipelago became more widely inhabited by immigrants from mainland Spain, the animal was domesticated and farmed. It is much prized for its flavour.
As a result, fifteen restaurants, including Lilium and La Puntilla in Arrecife, Lagomar in Nazaret, the Monumento al Campesino in Mozaga, the restaurant at Bodega Stratvs in La Geria and Getaria at the golf course in Costa Teguise will all be offering Cocino Negro from Thursday 9th December for a week.
Each restaurant will come up with new recipes using the Canarian black pig and combining the meat with other local ingredients, such as locally grown chick peas and lentils. In addition, the chefs will be aiming to produce dishes that work well with locally produced wines as an accompaniment.