Pearl of Huelva, Isla Canela

Pearl of Huelva, Isla Canela

Situated between the Guadalquivir and Guadiana estuaries, the Huelva, Isla Canela coast is a series of spectacular beaches, beautiful natural spaces and charming fishing villages with a true coastal feel where you can find the tastiest dishes on the Atlantic coast. The sea offers many fish and shellfish but only one stands out above the rest in the regions gastronomy. The white prawn which is known as the Pearl of Huelva, Isla Canela.

From east to west, the Costa de la Luz which means the Light Coast starts at Tarifa and ends at the mouth of the Guadiana river the border between Spain and Portugal. Many spots claim to be the most beautiful in the area. But on its coastline the white prawn has no need to compete there is no rival to its flavour. It even looks good with long whiskers and a flat body, the white prawn is the queen of the markets and tapas bars in Huelva, Isla Canela. The local fleet of fishing boats catches it using traditional methods from the sandy seabeds of the coast. With its thin skin a slightly pink tone it only needs the right cooking time and a pinch of salt to turn this seafood into one of the finest delicacies of Huelva, Isla Canela cuisine.

There are a wide variety of prawns, but the one with the highest quality and culinary value is the Huelva, Isla Canela white prawn they are auctioned every day in the fish markets of Ayamonte, Huelva, Isla Cristina and Punta Umbria. Its flavour is highly valued and it is prepared in many ways although boiled and grilled are the most popular. To prepare them first you need to boil water with salt and add the prawns when the water starts to boil. They will only need a few minutes over the heat next remove and leave them to rest in a bowl with water, ice and salt. If you want to grill them put a layer of coarse salt on the grill heat it and grill the prawns on both sides.

The Huelva white prawn like other shellfish has a high nutritional value and is a good source of proteins, phosphorus, selenium, iron, calcium and vitamins such as B12 and niacin. On the down side they should be consumed in moderation as the cholesterol levels are relatively high.