Portuguese gourmet

Pastel de Belém

Portugal is located in the south western fringes of Europe and it was only recently in 1986 that it became a part of the European Union. Since then Portugal has shown a considerable growth economically which has facilitated social prosperity. But that can by no means deny the rich historical and cultural heritage that Portugal has experienced from the ancient times. In times of antiquity, Portugal has remained a principality under Rome though it attained independence later and became a republic. All through the Portuguese have interacted with various cultures and some of them have left behind everlasting impressions which have in their turn not only influenced their cultural lives but also their gourmet.

Portuguese gourmet comprises of various kinds of confectionary and apart from those the different food varieties in the country is often found to have historical significances and is entangles with social and cultural festivities and in most cases it has been observed that their fames have surpassed the geographical boundaries of the nation to spread worldwide. The pastel de Belem is a popular tar made in Portugal and from the very name it is evident that this delicacy has its roots in the region of Belem in Lisbon. In fact this delicacy is so popular that it was selected as the official sweet of Portugal in Café Europe on Europe day in 2006. The origins of the pasteis de Belem can be attributed to the period preceding the 18th century when the catholic sisters at the Jeronimos Monastery at Belem, Lisbon in Portugal first devised this delicacy. This tar full of cream was referred to as the pasteis de Belem and was sold outside the walls of the convent for the first time in Casa Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon. The pasteis de Belem has been extremely popular worldwide and has been modified to prepare different kinds of variants.