Paella Fun Facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and paella fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Paella fun facts.

Paella Fun Facts: Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera , a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

  • There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella, seafood paella and mixed paella, but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), land snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. Most paella chefs use calasparra or bomba rices for this dish. Other key ingredients include saffron and olive oil.
  • March 27th is National Paella Day.
  • The Spanish rice dish ‘Paella’ takes its name from the pan it is cooked in, which in turn comes from the Latin word for ‘pan’ or ‘dish.’
  • Valencian restaurateur Juan Galbis claims to have made the world’s largest paella with help from a team of workers on 2 October 2001. This paella fed about 110,000 people according to Galbis’ former website.

Check out this tasty Paella recipe from Slurp in Albuquerque NM.

Paella Fun Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed any paella fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Paella

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2017-03-31T08:42:10+00:00 By |Did You Know?|

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Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.

One Comment

  1. Rodolfo Gonzalez-Almaguer May 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Paella for the World Foundation is the founder and organizer of the New Jersey Paella Festival. This event has had two successful editions in the Garden State. The first New Jersey Paella Festival took place on October 25th 2014 in Jersey City. It was inaugurated by Vincent Prieto(Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly). Mr.Prieto also issued a proclamation declaring the above mentioned date as “New Jersey Paella Day”. This is the first time that a state devotes a day to honor the paella and the Mediterranean diet.

    New Jersey Paella Day

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