At Cieza, Region of Murcia, where one of the best peaches in Spain is produced, from the end of February until the end of March, you can see a palette of colours generated by the flowering of these and other fruit trees.
Image: in pink, peach blossoms, on white, apricot blossoms. In green, not blooming
First, peach blossoms of type button peach or Paraguayan.
The pepper was introduced in Spain from America, at the end of the XV century or at the beginning of the XVI. The first pepper mill in the Region that is known dates back to the 18th century. Throughout the nineteenth century and up to the mid-twentieth, the cultivation of peppers for paprika was extended to occupy 80% of the farmers of the time in the Vega River Segura.
The pepper industry as such has its origin in hydraulic mills, mainly dedicated to grinding cereals.
In 1950, a young inventor, Jesús Alcantud, created an innovative machine that modernized the old installations, applying pneumatic translation, cleaning and mechanical seed extraction systems.
He made grinders series with his own patent, of which can be found in the world about a thousand units.
Since April 2001 there is the Denomination of Origin of Pimentón de Murcia.
The Denomination of Origin Pimentón de Murcia applies to the product that results from grinding totally red peppers of the genus Capsicum Annum L, variety "Bola", grown in the Region of Murcia.
Image: old tinned / canned paprika at City of Murcia Museum.
The Region of Murcia is considered the cradle of tinned foods /canned foods at Spain.
In 1897, the first company that manufactured canned goods in the Region of Murcia was stablished at Alcantarilla (currently, the multinational company Hero, has a processing plant in this town, since 1922). The greatest moment of splendor would come in the 80s.
Image: old tinned labels at City of Murcia Museum.
Is it an antagonism? It said that coffee is a stimulant drink, because of caffeine. But, with the early morning sun, in an incomparable setting like the Cathedral Square (Cardinal Belluga Square), then, it relaxes me.
The coffee brand in the image is a Murcian coffee brand. Highly recommended.
Background: Episcopal palace
Theoretically, according to the City Council of Murcia, these horse sculptures are to direct the eyes of the citizens towards the Segura river, and to make it more protagonist.
On the other hand, it is said that it is a reminder of when, decades ago (or a century ago), the horses went down to drink in the river. Well, who knows.
A panoramic viev of this pedestrian bridge: Manterola's bridge. (click on image to view more details)
The river: Segura river, at Murcia.
Below, links to another views of this bridge. On those pictures, there are no horses. I tell you about this horses in a next post.
From last "II City of Murcia Regatta".
There were Dragon boats exhibition races. 20 paddlers in each boat, a helsman and a drummer (to be the heart of the dragon) are crewing this kind of boat. About Dragon boats, on wikipedia you can find some information.
Below, tthe original picture.
Siguiendo la corriente de la comunidad CityDailyPhoto, me he propuesto dejar en este blog fotos de Murcia, como forma de mostrar al mundo qué joya de ciudad y de provincia tenemos. Agradecer al creador de ParisDailyPhoto su gran idea de mostrar la ciudad de uno mismo desde otro punto de vista. Following the tide of community CityDailyPhoto, I proposed to leave in this blog photos of Murcia, as a way to show to the world what a jewel of city and province we have. Thanks to the creator of ParisDailyPhoto for his great idea to show the city of oneself from another angle.
The Region of Murcia is located in the southeastern of Spain, between Andalusia (west), Castilla-La Mancha (North), Valencia (East) and the Mediterranean Sea (South).
The city of Murcia is the capital of the Region. Other major cities are: Cartagena, Lorca, Caravaca de la Cruz, Jumilla, Yecla, Bullas, Mazarrón, Aguilas ...