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WHERE DO THE PAPARAJOTES COME FROM


One of the most emblematic trees of the Murcian garden, the lemon tree, could not be but the base of a unique sweet: the Paparajote.

Under so peculiar name hides (never better said) the leaf of the lemon tree, a very fine illustration of the original fruit, around which all the fragrances of the best lemons of Europe are gathered.

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lt is a thousand-year-old dessert, whose origin is ascribed to the Judeo-Arab presence in our country, and which has survived through time as an exhibition of exquisite flavours. The triumph of the most simple and natural things over artificial or too elaborate desserts.

Paparajotes are very present in the cuisine of Murcia, being a regular epilogue after the main courses. They acquire special prominence during the Spring Festival and all the regional festivities.

DID YOU KNOW...?

The Paparajote from Murcia was designated finalist as best gastronomic product to be nominated as intangible good of humanity by UNESCO

In 2017 a national contest was held among the best desserts and prepared dishes in Spain, where the most representative dishes from all over Spain were presented, such as the marmitaco from Bilbao, the salmorejo and the Andalusian gazpacho, the Asturian fabada , the cocido madrileño, the calçots catalanes, etc .. And among all these and many others, there were only 7 who became to the finalists.

These are: 1.- Bellota Iberico Ham 2.- Paella Valenciana 3.- Betanzos Potato Spanish homelet 4.- Gaelic Optopus 5.- Las Papas Arrugás Canarias 6.- La Quesada Pasiega 7.- El Paparajote Murciano

Paparajotes are consumed in Murcia since immemorial times.

It is a thousand-year-old dessert, whose origins are ascribed to the Judeo-Arab presence in our country, and which has survived through time as an exhibition of exquisite flavors. The triumph of the simple and natural over the artifice of too elaborated desserts.

Our landfarmers elaborated it daily and took it after each meal, accompanying it with pot coffe (malt) cooked with wood.

Even today the origin of the name remains as a mystery.
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