9 May, 2018
For a beautiful maiden…”For her”
Valencian paella is undoubtedly one of the emblematic dishes of Valencian gastronomy and by extension, of Spanish cuisine. Famous all over the world, it is one of the tourist attractions of our country for lovers of good rice, good food. There is no palate that does not succumb to a good dish of paella.
Paella emerged in the rural areas of Valencia between the 15th and 16th centuries, due to the need of the peasants and herders for a meal that was easy to prepare and with the ingredients they had on they hand in the field. They always ate it in the afternoon. In its origins the ingredients of the paella were, the birds, the rabbit of field or hare, the fresh vegetables, rice, saffron and olive oil that were mixed in the paella with the water and were cooked slowly to a fire made with firewood from orange branches, which at the same time give flavour and a characteristic smell.
It is not known, if at the same time, but in the area of the coast, and continuing with the use of the products of the area, was born the famous seafood paella made with fish and shellfish.
THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD “PAELLA”
There are different theories about the origin of this name. The first and most romantic one tells that in a village in the lands of Valencia, lived a beautiful maiden whom all men wanted as a wife. His father, a wealthy and powerful man who liked good food, came up with a rice-based cooking contest to get his daughter's hand. The candidates to deliver it shouted: for her! (in spanish "para ella"), and from here it came to Paella. You should think that this is because when valencian people talk “pa” means “for” (someone) and “ella” means “her”.
Another theory insure that the word paella comes from the Arabic word "Baqiyah" which in Spanish is what we commonly call "leftovers" (leftovers from food). It is possible that "paella" is an Arabic word, since in the end the rice was brought to Spain by the Páramos in the 8th century and over the years the word suffered the linguistic metamorphosis, and that is why the word "Baquiyah" ended up becoming "paella" since in Arabic the "I" have a tone similar to "E".
And the simplest theory confirms that the name of the recipe comes from the utensil in which it is made: the paella (a pan with handles). Paella pans of all types and sizes. Take a look at our wide range of paellas and choose the one that best suits you to cook that tasty dish of paella.