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The txotx, the apple and the tradition: gastronomic route through the Basque Cider Region

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First Basque Cider of the season

In Basque, natural cider is known as “Sagardoa"Or"sagarraren ardoa”, Which, they tell me, translates as apple wine. And the wine, whether grape or apple, pays homage from Jerez to the Rias Bajas, from Penedés to Cangas de Narcea. In Astigarraga, they do it every January with the Txotx Ceremony, the opening of the Basque cider season.

With more than 700 years of written testimonies, mentions already appear in texts from 1382, Basque cider is not a newcomer to the world of apple fermentation. However, its production and consumption have been minority or, at least, low volume compared to other products (and I do not mean kalimotxo).

But today there is a whole Cider Route, an opening ceremony, a museum, and, of course, a gastronomic tradition that accompanies the pleasure of drinking cider.

The Txotx Ceremony

Opening Ceremony Basque Cider Season

He txotx It is a humble stick that causes the frustration of any cider drinker. Inserted in a small hole in the kupela (barrel), another way of looking at it is that it protects the liquid from the drinker's desire to quench his thirst.

But when you take off the txotx, a stream of cider is shot. The liquid arc that forms in the air reaches its destination a few meters further and reaches the first glass in the row that is formed to taste it. Order and concert.

From this humble and private ritual, which only half a century ago that each cider takes place surrounded by friends and family in his small cider house, has passed to an emblematic and mediatic act, as you can see in this video of the Txotx 2016 of Barking Blogs .

As every year for 23, the Wednesday before San Sebastian Day (January 20) is celebrated on Sagardo Berriaren Eguna, the Opening of Txotx and the official proclamation of the beginning of the cider season.

Media, hoteliers and authorities will meet on January 11 at the Basque Cider Museum (Sagardoetxea) in Astigarraga, where the details of the harvest and the cider of the year are presented.

Dancers of the Dantza Sagar, Basque Cider

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