Interview with Hugo Nascimento, owner of the company Pimentão do Carvalhal.
1. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your “company”?
Company / brand created in 1930. It was then given to the family that preserved it from generation to generation as a traditional quality product.
2. What makes your products special?
The “Pimentão do Carvalhal” is a natural product, a powdered condiment (paprika), reddish in color and sweet in flavor. It is manufactured in the traditional way, based on specifically selected peppers, then dehydrated by drying in traditional wood ovens, to preserve the color and quality of the product.
3. What is the relation between your company and the Alentejo region?
The company is based in Portalegre. Planting and drying is done in land of owners in Ponte de Sôr region (Portalegre). The Carvalhal crushing plant (Portalegre) gives its name to “Pimentão do Carvalhal.”
4. Can you give us three words that evoke the best the Alentejo region?
The beauty of the Alentejo is very characteristic, you can see the arid Baixo Alentejo (southern Alentejo) and the city of Évora, with its cultural heritage, splendid. And the Alto Alentejo (Portalegre) greener with some wonderfull villages: Marvão, Castelo de Vide, Crato and many others.
5. What is your favorite dish from Alentejo?
Gastronomy is enviable in each region. It is impossible to talk about just a dish, or two or three. The way of cooking is still the most important, like migas for exemple (which you can find in several versions), the Alhada de cação, the cozido à portuguesa (with meat and regional sausages) … .. and of course, as traditional spice it should never miss the Pimentão do Carvalhal.
6. What is your favorite place in Alentejo?