The cuisine of Spain is less well known than that of other Mediterranean countries, but Spanish cooking has the Mediterranean emphasis on fresh local ingredients, strong regional traditions and high quality artisanal products.
Seafood is abundant on the long coasts. Hearty cocido stews warm up cold winter nights on central plain. Rice dishes are popular around Valencia. Piquillo peppers flavor food in the Basque region.
Small dishes called tapas have become popular around the world. Famous Spanish food includes serrano ham, chorizo sausage, Manchego cheese and rioja wine.