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Most Las Alpujarras food is based on good solid country dishes.  Mealtimes are important to the people of this region, and often involve all the family getting together and meeting.  Most of the food available in cafes and restaurants is extremely good value, and very filling. 

A 'plato alpujarreno' is a dish of fried potatoes, fried eggs, sausage, ham, and often black pudding.  There is an Alpujarra soup with almonds.  Most dishes include pork, lamb or fish.  One of the most well-known foods is Jamon Serrano, (cured ham), most famously produced in the town of Trevelez, but many other villages also produce this as well.  It is very unusual not to see a ham hanging up behind a bar! 

Tapas are commonly served in bars, and are a small snack accompanying an alcoholic drink. These are often free too!  There are an amazing variety of these dishes, ranging from a slice of bread with some meat, to a squid concoction.  All are worth trying, and the staff often respond very enthusiastically to any interest and enquiries about these dishes, often offering you a sample of different ones each time and waiting for your opinion.

Honey and jams are also made in Las Alpujarras, and are contained in beautifully created jars and bottles.  There are a wide variety of flavours available and are perfect for a present.  

The village markets are a joy to visit.  A huge range of food is available, from fresh fruit and vegetables often grown just around the corner on the stallholder's property - no cellophane wrapped imports here.  The fruit is often of a surprisingly large size, particularly peppers and tomatoes.  They taste delicious and are a delight to cook with.  There are also stalls selling herbs and spices, which smell amazing, and have the most beautiful colours.  Also nuts and seeds are widely available.  Even if you don't intend to buy food from the markets, they are worth visiting just for the atmosphere, with all the smells and sights, as well as the sounds of the stallholders' cries, and the constant chatter and gossip of the locals.

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