The geographic conditions in Spain, as well as its privileged climate, provide top quality meat, fish, legumes, and vegetables. Spanish gastronomy uses seasonal and local fresh produce.
The amount of fruits and vegetables produced by Spain is such that Spain is known as the orchard of Europe, to which we export a vast amount of produce. The main food market is in Madrid, and it is called Mercamadrid. This central market is the largest fruit and vegetable market in Europe and the second largest fish market in the world (after the Tokyo fish market).
All kinds of top quality products are produced in Spain under Designations of Origin. This guarantee of quality ensures that the product in question is of excellent quality, and has been produced in a well defined geographic area with distinctive characteristics.