Sour cherries and olives

 

Tied up at present with family stuff so here’s one I prepared earlier …

The third and final holiday post. An hour’s drive from Lisbon, high up on a hill, sits the fortified, mediaeval town of Óbidos with its narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs. And here I am enjoying one of the quaint cobbled streets – photo taken by Husband unbeknown to me.

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Undeniably pretty with bougainvillea tumbling over the walls of homes, tiny gift shops and cafes.  Óbidos is known locally as ‘The wedding town’ having been gifted in 1282 by King Dinis of Portugal to his new queen. It is overseen by the towered castle built by Dinis. The ramparts which surround the town are well preserved and it is possible for visitors to walk along them.

Narrow Path Walk on Walls in Obidos

And now for the best bit of our visit –  the Ginja (or Ginginha), a cherry liqueur made by infusing the local sour ginja berries in alcohol and served in a chocolate cup. All along the streets are little stalls pouring and selling the Ginja filled cups. So special is this that, in 2013 the liqueur was awarded Protected geographical indication status. The micro-climate in area surrounding Óbidos is said to give rise to special characteristics and produce a highly acidic cherry, an essential characteristic of the ginja. Last time we were here we bought both Ginja and the appropriate chocolate cups and have since ordered more online from the online Portuguese Shop (https://www.theportugalonlineshop.com/ . It makes a delicious after dinner treat.

 

Last time we were here I’d loved the look of the olive-decorated earthenware dishes but refrained from buying any because of transportation worries. As soon as we arrived home I wished that I had bought a few samples so this time I didn’t make the same mistake…and I carried them very carefully.

I’m sure that for most people the castle would have been the highlight of an Óbidos visit but for me – it’s sour cherries and olives!

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