Cantueso Periana SL,

29710 Periana (Málaga), Andalucía, Spain

Ziziphus mauritiana

Posted on October 5, 2021



also known as Indian jujube, Indian plum, Chinese date, Chinese apple, and dunks.

José our gardener has introduced yet another unsual tree to our gardens and the challenge as always is to decide how to eat or use the fruit.

In Spain they can sometimes be found high up in the mountains growing wild as a bushy shrub. They can exist with little water, and the fruit develops over a few months; starting out pale green and moving on to yellow, red and finally looking like an orange apple.

Like most other fruits they can be eaten raw, pickled, dried or as a drink. And like our other imported tree, the African Coral Tree, there are many claimed medicinal uses. We do not recommend any but maybe it is interesting to know that in India, Australia and Africa claimed uses according to Wikipedia include:

Being applied to cuts and ulcers; employed in pulmonary ailments and fevers; and, mixed with salt and chili peppers, are given in indigestion and biliousness. The dried ripe fruit is also a mild laxative. The seeds are sedative and are taken, sometimes with buttermilk, to halt nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pains in pregnancy. They check diarrhea, and are poulticed on wounds. Mixed with oil, they are rubbed on rheumatic areas. The leaves are applied as poultices and are helpful in liver troubles, asthma and fever and, together with catechu, are administered when an astringent is needed, as on wounds. The bitter, astringent bark decoction is taken to halt diarrhea and dysentery and relieve gingivitis. The bark paste is applied on sores. The root is purgative. A root decoction is given as a febrifuge, taenicide and emmenagogue, and the powdered root is dusted on wounds. Juice of the root bark is said to alleviate gout and rheumatism. Strong doses of the bark or root may be toxic. An infusion of the flowers serves as an eye lotion.


The fine grained timber is used in boat building, roof constructions, tool handles, and charcoal. It even has green credentials as the seeds can be turned into biodiesel. And as if that is not enough the fruit can, should you ever wish, be used to stupify fish!


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Like Kids they Grow Up

Posted on July 1, 2021

In 2007 we were host to a stray dog called Maddey who had been born somewhere around Cantueso and was a real scavenger. We fed her but she remained aloof and would not permit any hand contact. And then one day we realised that she must be pregnant, and we didn’t have long to wait, as that night she gave birth to seven puppies under the staircase behind the restaurant The most surprising thing about the puppies was that they were all so different This puzzled us until our vet Mario told us that it was quite possible for a litter to have different fathers. We then recalled seeing several man friends visiting Maddey, and these included a Dalmation, Yorkshire terrier and others of mixed breeds.


Our photo shows just five of the puppies but six did survive and after a struggle we found homes for them, with two going abroad one to Germany and one to Finland.  The one that went to Finland (second from the front) had been jokingly called Feo (Ugly) because she was a most odd looking, hairy dog, possibly the result of a liaison with an Afghan Hound. However she was registered as “Bonnie.”

Some years ago we had heard from her new owners in Finland and knew she had gone to a good home and now this week we have had an update with this photo of “Bonnie”  11 years old and looking gorgeous.


Footnote:    After these unexpected arrivals we thought it best to have Maddey spayed and after a few comedy moments trying to catch her we succeeded and off with Mario she went in a cage. To our surprise she came home after the op in the back of Mario’s car without a cage and completely at ease. This was just before Christmas 2008 and when released Maddey went off into the countryside, no doubt checking the rubbish bins as always and maybe stealing the odd chicken! For a few weeks she came and went as normal but then one day she never returned. Sadly we have no idea what happened to her.


Postscript: June 2021

Sadly we have been informed by Bonnie's family in Finland that she has passed away. She was fourteen, and had been a very special and much loved member of her adopted family. Probably the luckiest "campo" dog ever to find such a caring family thousands of miles from her birthplace.

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Restaurant Winter Closedown

Posted on October 3, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The restaurant is closed currently and will reopen as soon as the situation improves.

Our self-catering cottages remain available throughout this time and full details are contained on other pages of this website.  They make an ideal place away from the crowds to enjoy a long overdue holiday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Our Team of 2019

Posted on July 1, 2019
The team

At Cantueso we are very proud of our team who work so hard in serving the public both in the restaurant and cottages and we would like to introduce them to you.

L to R: Antonio, Ana, Eva, Cipri, Lucia, Nicky

Antonio (front of house) is well known to our visitors as he has spent several summers with us. Antonio is a mine of information about the area, spanish food, and wines, so his knowledge is put to good use helping our many overseas visitors. Other times he has his own bar in the village.

Ana (front of house) - is here for her third year with us, running things out front with Antonio. Her winning smile and efficiency makes her very popular with guests. In real life she is a music graduate waiting for a teaching job in schools.

Eva (head chef) - for several years Eva has worked at Cantueso as sous chef and this year stepped up to the head chef role. She is very passionate about using fresh local ingredients and that all dishes must be "home" cooked. Nothing is bought in, and she has introduced lots of new dishes to the menu.

Cipriano is a student assisting Eva in the kitchen for the summer. Cipri is studying at the Malaga cookery school and brightens up the kitchen with his colourful dress sense, and is keen to use his training in a practical situation.

Lucía (head of housekeeping) - was already here when we took over in 2007. She has been invaluable during our many refurbishments, and makes sure that all ten cottages and the apartment are always properly prepared for guests.

Nicky (the boss) say no more!

All the team are Periana locals and work hard to maintain our number one spot in the area. They look forward to meeting you.

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We Cater for All Sorts at Restaurante Cantueso, Periana Spain

Posted on February 1, 2015

All of us at Cantueso are animal lovers and as long as your pets are well behaved we can allow them in our cottages and on the restaurant terrace. We would invite you to look at these well behaved dogs who have the best of table manners.

In case you are now feeling hungry look at our complete menu here.


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XII Peaches Day Festival

Posted on July 5, 2014

On Saturday 2nd August 2014 the 12th Peaches Festival will once again be held in Periana. Unlike last year when due to economic restrictions it was held alongside the August festival, it will once again be a stand alone event.

During the day there will be the usual stalls and amusements set up along the main street with various free tastings, and a medieval market. There will also be the popular cookery competition; dishes for which should of course contain Peaches.

Later there will be an on stage Festival of Rock & Roll, with various tribute acts and then music with Dj’s until the early hours.

In previous years more than 5000 people came to the village and this year is bound to be just as lively. A stroll around the streets filled with the scent of peaches is bound to get your taste buds moving and suitable food and refreshment stalls will be available.

A little Peach History: It is thought that a resident brought the first seedling to Periana after a visit to Argentina 200 years ago and it thrived in the wonderful climate and fertile land. As the crop developed it was taken to neighbouring villages on the backs of donkeys and eventually became popular with buyers from Murcia and surrounding provinces. However it was not until the last half of the 20th century that the crop came to prominence being appreciated for its taste, aromatic scent, soft velvet skin, colour and culinary versatility and by the 70’s a good year would yield as much as 4 million kilos.

Sadly as so often happens in agriculture, the crops were affected by pests and several years of drought which led to a steady decline in production. This continued until about ten years ago when market demand encouraged growers to plant more trees and the municipality started to promote peaches once again. Hence this year is the twelth in which the village and visitors will get to party the night away.

If you have time come up and visit us at Restaurante Cantueso where Carmen our chef is sure to produce some very tempting dishes, and whatever you do, don’t forget to buy a box of these special fruits to take home before you leave.

¡Que aproveche!

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I’m Smarter than the Average Bear!

Posted on March 3, 2013

Yogi certainly was and it seems that either he or one of his family of admirers came to Cantueso earlier today.

Yogi’s table had the new “Para Picar” menu and were so pleased that they decided to leave this unusual thank you card in the kids playroom. (Well where else?)

We are pleased that the new menu ideas are receiving nice comments and we hope lot’s more of you will come and try them ?

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The Rain in Spain falls mainly in Periana!

Posted on November 4, 2012

So I think Eliza Doolittle was mistaken as we are certainly not on the plains of Spain.

Last weekend Periana experienced the most rain for years with over 6 inches falling in a couple of days. In one period of four hours a quarter of the annual rainfall came down. More like a waterfall than rain and there was lots of damage to roads and low lying properties.

Fortunately despite the access road to Cantueso being unmade we escaped reasonably well and the main problem for the village was the blocking of the main road. As you can see from the photos there were rock falls and mudslides near the newly constructed “Mirador” which is on the left as you approach the village.

You can see a graph of the lake levels here. and then select La Vinuela from the drop down box. The line going almost vertically is the current level and is a good indication of the speed with which the water levels rose. Another interesting weather source is one we have mentioned before run by local man Harry Happe. His site is one of only two in Spain that does manual forecasting rather than computer predictions. His site is a mine of weather information and even has links to a tracking chart that shows live flight arrivals to Malaga airport. And when you get bored with aeroplanes you can also see a similar chart tracking ship movements along the coast.

Final note for those of you, who like me work in “old money”, where the Spanish sites predict rainfall in litres per square meter this equals 1 millimetre. Therefore 25 l per sq/m = 1 inch.

All photos by kind permission of the Periana blog

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You Can’t Miss Us

Posted on April 4, 2012
An Gas Petrol Station at Puente don Manuel

Never shy to extol the virtues of Restaurante Cantueso and the view we have just secured a premier advertising site at our local garage near lake Vinuela. It is the only petrol station for miles around so we know that it will be seen by lots of people as they leave, and we just hope they keep driving up to Periana to see us.

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Smell the Fruit on Peach Day in Periana

Posted on July 1, 2011

IX Día del Melecotón, Periana, Spain Saturday 30th July 2011

Another special day is coming up in Periana with lots of festivities as the village comes out in force to celebrate this special crop for which the village is justifiably famous. The day will see competitions and entertainments all day in the main streets and continues well into the night.

The most important competition is the Concurso Gastronómico when anyone can enter a special dish in which the main ingredient is Peaches. It is always strongly contested and there are three prizes of 100€, 200€ and 300€.

Last year more than 5000 people came to the village and this year is bound to be just as lively. A stroll around the streets filled with the scent of peaches is bound to get your taste buds moving and suitable food and refreshment stalls will be available.

A little Peach History: It is thought that a resident brought the first seedling to Periana after a visit to Argentina 200 years ago and it thrived in the wonderful climate and fertile land. As the crop developed it was taken to neighbouring villages on the backs of donkeys and eventually became popular with buyers from Murcia and surrounding provinces. However it was not until the last half of the 20th century that the crop came to prominence being appreciated for its taste, aromatic scent, soft velvet skin, colour and culinary versatility and by the 70’s a good year would yield as much as 4 million kilos.

Sadly as so often happens in agriculture, the crops were affected by pests and several years of drought which led to a steady decline in production. This continued until about ten years ago when market demand encouraged growers to plant more trees and the municipality started to promote peaches once again. Hence this year is the ninth in which the village and visitors will get to party the night away.

If you have time come up and visit us at Restaurante Cantueso where Carmen our chef is sure to produce some very tempting dishes, and whatever you do, don’t forget to buy a box of these special fruits to take home before you leave.

¡Que aproveche!

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Another Sherry Aunty?

Posted on June 3, 2011

Summer Menu and Drinks at Restaurante Cantueso.

We have just introduced our summer à la carte menu and will again also be offering some special seasonal drinks in addition to our usual wine list.

Carmen our chef has created a new summer menu combining some old favourites with new seasonal dishes and intends to offer a daily special starter, main course, and dessert. She has also revised our popular six-course tasting menu.

And of course it wouldn't be summer without a few special drinks. Pimm's of course, and now that Sherry is a trendy drink again, we will try to tempt you with the likes of Rebujito a cocktail of chilled dry sherry mixed with soda or Seven-up: an ideal thirst quencher for the weary traveller and typically popular at Spanish ferias.

Sherry known in Spain as Jerez, has of course been popular in Britain for centuries and in the main it was British families such as Sandeman, Osborne and Byass that in the 18th century cornered the market producing a high octane wine (typically 15-20%) which is fortified with brandy. It can only legally be described as sherry if it is produced in the “sherry triangle” of southern Andalucía.

In the past sherry has been known as a drink for weddings or funerals and of course Christmas wouldn't be the same if aunty didn't have a glass or two of Bristol Cream, but now there has been a strong revival with wine lovers discovering the likes of manzanillas, finos, palo cortados, amontillados, and olorosos. A different taste for every occasion and every meal. Maybe in the past you have tried Pedro Ximenez poured over ice cream, or a crisp well-chilled fino with olives or tapas. Fino and manzanilla are perfect accompaniments to Spanish food and soups of many styles. The two can be used interchangeably in cooking and are well suited to steaming mussels and other shellfish, or as an ingredient in soups.

No matter whether you enjoy sherry in food or by the glass there are many varieties to delight your palate and we hope to see you soon relaxing in Periana with a glass of fino or maybe two :)


The Pimm's we, and most bars use, is Pimm's No 1 Cup, and those of us with good memories may remember seeing other numbers in years gone by.

There were six Pimm's products, all of which are fruit cups but only Cups No 1, 3 and 6 are still available at present. The essential difference among them is the base alcohol used to produce them:

Pimm's No. 1 Cup is based on gin and can be served both on ice or in cocktails.

Pimm's No. 2 Cup was based on Scotch Whisky. Currently phased out.

Pimm's No. 3 Cup is based on brandy. Phased out, but a version infused with spices and orange peel marketed as Pimm's Winter Cup is now seasonally available.

Pimm's No. 4 Cup was based on rum. Currently phased out.

Pimm's No. 5 Cup was based on rye whisky. Currently phased out.

Pimm's No. 6 Cup is based on vodka. It is still produced, but in small quantities.


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Sugar Cane, the Lost Crop around Periana

Posted on April 2, 2011

Most visitors to the Costa del Sol will have a vague idea that there was a Moorish presence in Spain at some time in the past, and are attracted to tourist destinations such as Cordoba and Granada which have some of the most stunning Moorish architecture to be seen anywhere in Europe.  The Alhambra Palace in Granada is in fact the most visited tourist attraction in Spain.

As we will see later there was much more to the Moorish invasion than just architecture and anyone travelling the roads around Periana some fifty years ago would have noticed the remaining sugar plantations started by the Moors over one thousand years before, and which until the middle of the last century was a valuable part of the local economy.  Plantations were established all along the Costa del Sol and as far inland as Periana, further inland the temperatures were too low and there was insufficient water supplies.  There were several sugar mills along the coast notably in Motril and Torre del Mar, but today all that is left of the latter is a chimney.  This refinery was for many years owned by the Larios family (of gin fame) and they were able to make not only sugar but also rum and honey.  We at Restaurante Cantueso still use Caña de Miel (Cane Honey) and find it popular on such dishes as aubergines in batter.

When sugar was first available in Spain it was in fact a luxury item and only consumed by the well off.  It became so important that a special sugar tax was levied and for centuries it provided vital revenue for the Kingdom of Granada.

Canes like these are still seen alongside riverbeds and not to be confused with Sugar cane.
They are tradionally used as a building material or even to make musical instruments.

Originally the canes produced around Periana were carried on mules but in later years transported to the mill via the little narrow gauge railway described in a previous blog.  In the centuries following its introduction into Spain explorers who visited Madeira and later the Caribbean found even better climates for sugar cane and (forgive the pun) they were sowing the seeds of their own industry's destruction.  Then with the introduction of sugar beet, the urban development of land linked to tourism, and increased cultivation costs the end of Spanish production became a reality.

Historical Note:

In 711 AD, a tribe of newly converted Muslims from North Africa crossed the straits of Gibraltar and invaded Spain.  Known as The Moors, they went on to build a rich and powerful society.

Its capital, Cordoba, was the largest and most civilised city in Europe, with hospitals, over 30 libraries and a public infrastructure years ahead of anything in Northern Europe at the time.

Amongst the many things that were introduced to Europe by Muslims at this time were: a huge body of classical Greek texts that had been lost to the rest of Europe for centuries (kick-starting the Renaissance); mathematics and the "arabic"numbers we use today; advanced astronomy and medical practices; fine dining; the concept of romantic love; paper; deodorant; and even sugar cane.  Scholars from all over Europe went to Cordoba to study and help with the translation of forgotten Greek texts.

Much of this rediscovered mathematical knowledge was put to good use in buildings such as the Alhambra Palace and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, where the beautiful elevations we see today were based upon ratios used before in the building of Greek temples. In particular the formula: one to the square root of two was used.  This is the ratio which gives balance and symmetry to rectangular elevations.  A modern example of this ratio is A4 paper which when folded in half retains the original length to width proportions.  And for motor enthusiasts just observe the Rolls Royce radiator grille of the original models, it too has these classical proportions.

The occupation didn't create the rigid, fundamentalist Islam of some people's imaginations, but a progressive, sensitive and intellectually curious culture.  But when the society collapsed, Spain was fanatically re-Christianised; almost every trace of seven centuries of Islamic rule was ruthlessly removed.

With little resistance the Moors occupied and ruled most of the Iberian peninsular including today's Portugal and even as far North as Poitier in France.  This area was called Al Andalus (The land of the vandals).  Gradually after some seven hundred years the northern tribes, which were Catholic, moved South re- capturing the land until only the province of Granada was left.

In 1490 the King and Queen of Spain were able to re-take Granada and this marked the start of the Spanish Inquisition and the forced conversion of the remaining Moors to Catholicism.  Eventually due to many Muslims secretly worshipping Islam, they were finally expelled having to leave the country without any possessions. More than a quarter of a million left most going to North Africa.

See also our posting about Banos de Vilo the Moorish sulphur baths close to Cantueso.

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Bad News for Train-spotters at Cantueso in Periana

Posted on March 5, 2011

Imagine the scene, a Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive and rolling stock that would have looked at home in an American western, rolling through the hills of Periana surrounded by billowing white clouds of steam.  In the last century this was a common sight as there was a narrow gauge railway linking Vélez Málaga, Periana and Ventas de Zafarraya.  It surprises visitors to Cantueso that the unmade road as you approach the complex is in fact the old railway track.

Thomas the Tank Engine Spanish Style

In about 1905 just after Málaga had installed electric trams and the need for more sophisticated transport increased, The Suburban Railway Company was set up, funded with 4 million Pesetas from the Bank of Antwerp in Belgium.  The company received various concessions to build and run lines from Málaga and along the coast.  The grand scheme envisaged a network linking Málaga with cities such as Granada, Seville, Almeria and Gibraltar.  The line from Málaga to Vélez was routed close to the sea and is said to have been a wonderfully scenic journey which, after Almayate, continued through agricultural scenery dominated by sugar cane.  Like the railway we have sadly lost the sugar cane plantations, more of which we will write in a future blog.

Embankment near Periana

The Vélez to Periana line was started in 1911 and opened in 1914 less than two months before the outbreak of the First World War.  Work was halted and the line was only completed in 1921.  The line which was 31 km long had a planned extension from Zafarraya to Alhama but due to the poor economic climate was never built.

The route particularly the stretch from Periana to Ventas de Zafarraya had some serious inclines and Swiss engineers were involved in the design of a rack system to enable the trains to climb to 1000m above sea level.  This part of the route was truly alpine, often encountering seriously bad weather, and it is a tribute to those early engineers that the route never in forty years of service encountered any serious accidents.  At its peak over 500 people were employed on the railway and there were stations at Vélez Málaga, Periana, Ventas de Zafarraya with halts at Trapiche, La Viñuela and Matanza.

Full Speed on the Flat Sections

The demise of this railway and many others like it has been put down to several factors, both economic and social.  After the civil war (1936-1939) and the Second World War, the railway was in much demand carrying loads of sugar cane and other crops to and from the coast, but slowly the introduction of cars and buses lead to a loss of passengers and freight.  Then came the increase in tourism, with a concomitant migration of people from the villages to the coast, and the need to fund many projects along the Costa del Sol, led to a lack of capital spending on the railway.  Eventually what should have been a franchise until 2015, was wound up by Royal Decree in 1959.  The railway closed the next year and the tracks were removed.  After less than fifty years, a form of transport that had replaced the mule trains of old was itself displaced by “progress.”  As fuel costs make travel ever more expensive one can only imagine what could now be made of a scenic railway passing through some of the most attractive landscapes in Spain.

Livestock, Passengers and Goods all in a day's work

As mentioned above, the old track is now the access road to Cantueso Cottages and Restaurante Cantueso.  As you leave Periana and turn right onto the unmade road, the building with a yellow wall on the left is the old station. It is now used occasionally in summer as a boarding school.  In the other direction the track also provides a spectacular walk from Periana to Ventas de Zafarraya, a walk of some 11 miles.

Just before you turn into the drive at Cantueso the old railway track carries on and after a mile comes out onto the Periana-Puente don Manuel road just below the Perimetal factory. Not to be driven in winter after heavy rain!

At Cantueso we have a guide available for the Ventas de Zafarraya walk with maps directions and photos.

See also our “Things to do section.”

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Lake Viñuela the Spectacular View from Cantueso

Posted on February 4, 2011

From almost any part of Periana and the surrounding hills you look down on the spectacular scene of Lake Viñuela a man-made reservoir containing 170 million cubic meters of water and covering 700 hectares of land.  Obviously the content varies with rainfall and since the very low levels of 2009 the reservoir has built up much better reserves.  An interesting graph of current and past levels can be seen here.

Lake Vinuela seen from the Restaurant Terrace at Cantueso in Periana

The reservoir was originally muted in the 19th century but only became a viable scheme in the 1980's and was achieved by damming the River Guaro.  This river and its many tributaries fill the reservoir and it provides potable water and irrigation for many hectares of arable land around the lake.  Fortunately before the flooding of the valley, excavations of various Neolithic and old Roman sites were undertaken and many of the artefacts found can be seen in Málaga museum.

The lake takes its name from the nearby village of La Viñuela which overlooks the valley.  It was originally a sleepy hamlet on one of the many routes up from the coast heading towards Granada, and provided a watering stop for the thirsty muleteers.  The old bar is still open and nowadays serves local workers and tourists.

A very pleasant trip can be made driving around the lake, noting as you go the eagles that soar above the lake and the many small birds along the shore.  There are many interesting detours and refreshment stops to be made at the villages en route.  These include: Canillas de Aceituno, Alcaucin, Periana, Riogordo, Comares, and Benamorgosa.  At the Southern end of the lake there is a very attractive picnic spot with tables and barbecues for public use.  A similar picnic area is also to be found below Periana where the River Guaro enters the lake.

The lake is well stocked with fish (Carp, Trout and Bass) and sailing is allowed but only with non-motorised craft.  Fishing licences are required and need to be obtained in Málaga with lots of bureaucratic hoops to jump through and not really practical for short visits.  Some people say you need to take an examination before being granted a licence but the Costa del Sol tourist office says otherwise.

The department for more information is:

Provincial Delegation of Agriculture and Fishing in Málaga.

Avenida Aurora, 47

29002 Málaga

Tlf: +34 951 038 200


The following site gives more details on fishing in the lake but you are advised to check the latest situation with the office above.

For further information regarding the villages that surround Cantueso please see the “Things to do” section of our website.  You can also check the current view on the live webcam at Restaurante Cantueso.


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Driving over Pomegranates in Periana

Posted on October 1, 2010

No this is not a sequel to the best selling book by Chris Stewart, Driving over Lemons but our way of drawing attention to the odd times we live in.

The Fruit Hand Grenade

Around us at Cantueso this autumn we have the sight of grapes withering on the vine, figs rotting on the floor underneath the trees and yes pomegranates on the side of the road.  Food for free but nobody seems bothered.  Just look too at the Spanish supermarkets that sell Israeli oranges and imported lemons from the Americas and yet they grow well here.  Yes, we know that fruit is not always in season, but with the all year round varieties of lemon grown in Spain, there can be no excuse. It is even more strange to find that buying blueberries in Spain is difficult but if you buy them in the UK, the country of origin on the pack is Spain.  Maybe it is our fault as consumers and we really should only buy things in season.

The fruit Hand Grenade

A Pomegranate is of course called Granada in Spanish and the city that takes its name from the fruit also has it as part of the city's coat of arms.  In Spanish it is also the word for a grenade, and when you see the ripe fruit bursting open, packed with hundreds of tiny red seeds it is easy to see why.

In the lanes and byways around Cantueso here in Periana there are many bushes growing wild and at this time of year spilling their fruit onto the roadside. Take a walk and enjoy.

In recent years much has been written about the health giving properties of the fruit, no doubt in part, promoted by the fruit juice manufacturers but there seems to be a consensus that it really is one of the “super fruits.”

Some of the claims:

One pomegranate contains tons of nutrition… and best of all, it’s low in calories.  In just one pomegranate fruit there is around 100 calories and only about 25g of sugar. But that’s only the beginning of the nutrition pomegranate provides:a great source of potassium

more antioxidants compared to other juices and even wine!

vitamin B and Vitamin C

great source of fibre

helps prevent heart disease

keeps your immune system in top notch conditions

prevents build-up of material in your arteries

There are many drinks and even foods that are made with the pomegranate and it is now becoming more commercialized and can be found in supermarkets in a variety of forms.  The most popular is pomegranate juice but there are also pomegranate jellies, pomegranate wine, and even pomegranate salad dressing.

Unfortunately the commercial growth of Pomegranates has been largely left to America (after the Spanish introduced it) and Africa.  However for those of us that live around Periana it is easy to grow as the climate is ideal, and you could expect a crop after about four years.  If you are a visitor or can't wait, just be nice to your neighbours!

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What’s the Weather like in Tokyo?

Posted on September 4, 2010

Unless you are of a certain age or a fan of Tony Hancock my feeble attempt at a joke will have passed you by, so we will start again.

What's the Weather like in Periana?

That's better, and let me say straight away our favourite weather site is Meteo Malaga.  It is run by a German fellow called Harry Happe who has a weather station situated high above the Eastern end of Lake Vinuela.   The site is special for many reasons not least of which is the accuracy of forecasts.   Harry claims to be the only site in Southern Spain, with the exception of a USAF base, that does manual forecasts.   The others are computer generated.  The site has received almost two and a half million visitors since 2003.

At first sight Meteo Malaga might seem overwhelming as it provides so much content. Want to know what the geomagnetic field is doing; check the bushfire index; want to see what shipping is passing along the coastline, just log on and you can see it all and much besides.  It will even show you the name of the ship and where bound.   Not too sure what this has to do with weather but it is great fun.

More serious stuff is there too and the three day forecast is the most useful to most of us. Harry told me recently that due to the various climatic influences in our little corner of the world it is virtually impossible to do accurate forecasts for more than three days.   Other sites which we give below will offer up to fifteen day forecasts!

Another offering from this site is a “severe weather warning” and it can be sent to you via e-mail.   It is free to register.   Weather statistics and even a graph showing the water levels of the lake can be accessed and last but not least, Harry has a webcam looking westward down the lake and just below this picture is one from Cantueso's own webcam. Ours looks South and it is interesting to see the difference the angle and direction of the sun can make to the two pictures.

On our website we also have seasonal data for rainfall and temperatures.

So what can you expect in Periana in Spring?

A wondeful time to be in Andalusia.   Highs of between 18 to 22C, and lows of 11 to 15C. Spring flowers in the hills and perfect temperatures for walking, birdwatching and of course photography.

...and in Summer

You can normally sunbathe and swim almost every day from June to September.   Virtually no rain and daily highs of about 35C and nightly lows of 15C.

….and in Winter

Mixture of beautiful clear, sunny days, with some overcast but warm days.   Evenings noticeably cooler.  Starts to rain late September or early October, and can be heavy but rarely lasts more than a day or two. Daily highs about 20C and nightly lows around 10C.   A pullover needed in the day and a jacket at night.

Other weather sites include the following which can be helpful if you need regional forecasts when driving through Spain for example Canalmeteo or Meteored.

Below is an interesting chart showing how the weather is in a typical year. This is for 2009 as later statistics are incomplete. You can see the original and other years her

Weather at a glance for a typical year
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