The expressions local product, proximity product, ecological product and kilometer zero are being used more and more, and now form part of the day to day of many restaurants in Catalonia and, this is true for Can Miquel on the Costa Brava.
What is kilometer zero?
If we concentrate on kilometer zero the first question that many ask is, what does it really mean? To be precise, it refers to the distance the foods travel from where they are produced till they reach the consumer; it is a concept used a lot in the study of the environmental impact or the ecological footprint of food.
It is also one of the terms surrounding the so called slow food philosophy, which groups together different restaurants which prepare their menus with products which have travelled no more than 100kms from their place of production up to the restaurant in question.
It is necessary to point out that in Catalonia, the concept km zero does not have an official definition, nor is it used by official organizations to define a type of product. Nevertheless, it can be said that when one talks about a kilometer zero product, it is understood that it is a product with a certain territorial proximity as regards the consumer.
What is so positive about kilometer zero products?
It is above all because they benefit the local economy and gastronomy. For this reason, they reduce the impact on the environment and also respect the rhythms and natural cycles of the environment they come from. Are there anymore advantages? The most evident is the quality of the foodstuffs, which offer a more intense taste and more nutrients for our organism.
Km zero at Can Miquel
Can Miquel is a restaurant of Mediterranean origin, dedicated to traditional cuisine from its very beginnings and which offers a menu based on local cuisine and traditional recipes with a innovative touch. Dishes from Km zero, which include barbecued sardines, mussels in garlic and parsley sauce or steamed, a refreshing salad with tomatoes from l’Empordà, tuna belly, capers and spring onions or a casserole of country style barbecued rice, will allow you to taste the best Catalan cuisine beside the Mediterranean sea.