These small indigenous delicacies are key ingredients in a huge variety of typical Navarran dishes to be sampled from north to south, such as the traditional vegetable stew, cardoon with almonds and ham, artichokes with clams, borage with potatoes and ardanzopa or zurrukutun, a soup prepared with leftover vegetable broth, all of which are characteristic of the healthiness and culinary richness of Navarre. But without a doubt the great ambassador of the region is the white asparagus, notable for its colour, smooth texture and its inestimable bitter taste. It is used in most recipes although when eaten on its own is considered a delicacy.
Throughout the year Tudela holds a variety of gastronomical conferences which celebrate the quality of the vegetables yielded by this land. They offer countless events such as pincho and menu tours, guided visits, vegetable stew contests, workshops, talks, concerts and multiple activities linked to the local produce of which the Ribera de Navarra area is so proud.
The Conference in Praise and Celebration of the Vegetable takes place in spring over the last few days of April and the beginning of May, and is organised by La Orden del Volatín and Tudela Town Hall. And in winter there’s the Inverdura winter vegetable festival, held towards the end of November.