History of the Easter Eggs and ‘Mona’
Easter is a celebration full of tradition all over the world. Above all, with regard to gastronomy. In Spain we spend the year waiting to eat the ‘Mona de Pascua’ and in the UK the protagonists are the Eggs. They are two typical sweets of this time of the year that have a spectacular flavor and an amazing history.
The ‘Mona de Pascua’ is a kind of sweet bun made with flour, yeast, oil, sugar and orange and lemon zest. A boiled egg is placed right in the center and is eaten mainly at the snack. The egg is not just to eat, but you must do something very important with it. Exploit it on the forehead of a family member or friend! This will give good luck to both the owner and the receiver. This dish comes from the Muslim era and is a sweet that the Moors gave to their masters. According to historians, the word ‘mona’ comes from the Arabic ‘munna’, which means ‘provision of the mouth’.
It is a confiture typical of all the towns of the Mediterranean, although it is also shared in the rest of Spain. The tradition says that the godparents must give the mona to their godchildren on Easter Sunday. That day, families and friends gather in the countryside to enjoy and share the dinner. There ‘Monas’ with animal shapes, like rabbits or snakes, and children always prefer them with the chocolate egg. And many adults too!