Fabada & El Camino de Santiago





English Article


Los Maragatos

My family has covered the byways of Spain for over forty years - first my wife Ruth and me, then traveling with our children, and in recent years our adult sons with their families. We enjoy experiencing the ways of life of the families we meet from the many parts of Spain. With this accumulated understanding we are able to identify the best of Spain - we look beyond the obvious in order to bring you what is truly authentic.

Over the past few months I have been sharing with you some of these personal encounters, which I hope will give you a window into the rich and complex culture that is Spain. You may remember Pepe from Murcia, who is the maestro of paella rice. Or José and Amalia, who produce artisan peppers and other vegetables from the ancient kingdom of Navarra. See full english article...

Spanish Article


Los Maragatos


Mi familia ha recorrido los caminos de España durante más de cuarenta años: primero mi esposa y yo, luego fuimos incluyendo a nuestros hijos, y recientemente nuestros hijos ya adultos con sus familias. Disfrutamos de vivir a la manera de familias de muchas partes de España que vamos conociendo. Con este conocimiento acumulado podemos identificar lo mejor de España. Buscamos más allá de lo evidente para traeros lo realmente auténtico.

Durante los últimos meses hemos compartido con vosotros algunos de estos encuentros personales que espero que abran una ventana a la rica y compleja cultura que es España. Puede que recordéis a Pepe de Murcia, que es un verdadero maestro de la paella (vínculo), o a José y a Amalia del antiguo reino de Navarra que cultivan pimientos y otras verduras artesanas, (vínculo). See full spanish article...

Discussion Questions


  1. Locate the Camino de Santiago on the Map of Spain. In what direction would one need to travel to reach Santiago de Compostela  from the village of Castrillo de los Polvazares?
  2. For the last 1,000 years, pilgrims traveling along this route on their way to Santiago de Compostela would have had the opportunity to enjoy Fabas known as Granja Asturiana. What makes these particular beans so unique?
  3. Why is the production of the Fabas de la Granja so limited? Can you find three reasons in the reading?
  4. Estaban and his family, who raise these beans, are very proud of their heritage as Maragatos. Why? What are the Maragatos known for?
  5. How is Estaban working today to carry on the tradition of his ancestors? 

Extension Activity


Chorizo is a delightful Spanish sausage flavored in part with paprika. Try some! How do you think the taste of chorizo might be different in a hearty bean soup?

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