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The origin of the Spanish tapas

27-01-2016

The origin of the Spanish tapas


The characteristic of Tapas is fun. The Spaniard eating tapas with friends and relatives standing so that one can easily talk to anyone. Of course with a glass of cava or wine in hand or on the bar. At the bar, however, little place which one is forced to lay the tapa on the glass. This makes the tapa as it were, a lid on the glass. The word tapas comes from the verb "tapar" which means to cover. Traditionally, this would have arisen to prevent flies or wasps in the glass go swimming around. In the south of Spain, sausage or ham on the glass put some additional advantage was that they could not smell the cheap wine.
The tapa is a small snack that the Spaniard eat between main meals and  might have originated from the time of the Moors. For  the Arab Bedouin it is a sign of hospitality to serve a lot of snacks.
Around 1500, Charles V would have decreed that with drink also had to be eaten in taverns, to prevent his horsemen, en route to the Netherlands, sat not drunk on horseback. It also says that King Alfonso X, through his illness, only small bites at. Whatever the true origin of the word tapa, we will most likely never find out, but it has by now become a culinary uses throughout the world