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Horchata vs Globalisation

I’m delighted to know that even in this Coca-Cola world, travel can still show me some new tricks.

Valencia introduced me to a new drink – horchata. (Well, horchata in Castilian, Orxata in Catalan and something like ore-chatter to those of us grappling with either language.)

This creamy concoction reminded me of childhood roast chestnuts from London street stalls, even though horchata is served at ice-bucket temperatures to counteract the Valencian heat.

Blended from tigernuts, water and sugar, horchata refreshes in both its liquid and frozen forms. Some stalls even let you try tigernuts whole – shrivelled nuggets of chewy, smoky-nut taste.

Does anyone know whether you can find this outside Spain?

BeFunky coffee

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4 Responses to Horchata vs Globalisation

  1. Anonymous September 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    I can remember buying tiger nuts to chew on the way home from school in South Wales ( back in he 1950's )

  2. Abi King October 16, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    In South Wales?! Who knew..

  3. Pablo July 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Hi Abigail, you might find bottled pasteurised Horchata (not as good and tasty as the natural original one) in few big hypermarkets in LatinAmerica … and sometimes in ¨spanish clubs¨ abroad (Casa de España).

    • Abi July 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks Pablo – I’ll have to look out for it the next time I’m in Spain.