The Mediterranean diet is good for us with its fish, rice, vegetables etc. - leads to a healthy heart say the " medical experts " and we should all be following this diet. Have these experts actually lived in Spain and shopped for food I ask ?
I doubt it !
Spain does not abound in a large variety of fresh produce : that we have found from personal experience.
"Local produce " is cheaper than in the UK and plentiful in the supermarkets and in the weekly markets - however there is the clue - local - . All the food is grown locally and sold locally - if it's not seasonal then you can not buy it - thus restricted choice ! Unlike the UK - food does not seem to be imported from all corners of the world . ( Some supermarkets are actually now importing British and German processed food - for the expats - but this usually is sold at highly inflated prices )
Makes being a vegan or a vegetarian very difficult in Spain !!
Quality of food purchased can vary greatly - here I am talking about vegetables - they can often start to rot just a few days after purchase .
Give me Bury Market in Lancashire any day for a good supply of vegetables from around the world - expensive yes but much more choice and far better quality. Whether this will always be I'm not sure - different experts are now telling us that food will be getting more expensive and less available in the " developed nations "