Orihuela fights back

Orihuela fights back
AMMUNITION: Orihuela’s officer chronicler sets out the history of Arroz y Costra Photo credit: Orihuela city hall

ORIHUELA city council continues its standoff with Elche over the origins and birthplace of Arroz y Costra.

This is the Orihuela version of paella-type rice with a crust of beaten egg whose recipe first appeared in the 13th century.

Meanwhile Elche, which claims authorship in the 16th century, has applied to the Generalitat’s Culture department to designate Arroz con Costra as an Asset of Intangible Cultural Interest.


The dishes are practically identical apart from the slight variation in the name, but Orihuela has now published details of the legitimacy and authenticity of its version in Orihuela, Cuna de Arroz y Costra, the latest edition of Capitulos de Nuestra Historia (Chapters in Our History) by Antonio Luis Galiano Perez, the city’s official chronicler.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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