Fiesta de la Zanahoria Morá (Purple Carrot Festival). Cuevas Bajas. December. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
Cuevas Bajas sits in an area known for centuries for its fertile olive groves, a place where Málaga overlooks the Genil River. As acclaimed as local olives can be, the town grows exotic and even healthier produce: the violet carrot. Villagers cultivate it in their Arabic orchards on the banks of the River Genil and the Burriana Stream, right in the surroundings of Cuevas Bajas.
According to some historical tales, this tuber arrived in Al-Andalus on an Arab caravan that crossed the Sahara desert carrying seeds from the Far East. These families from North Africa were the ones who grew the tuber in this municipality, known as Dehesas de Belda years ago. More than thirteen centuries have passed since then, and yet some residents keep up the work. Violet carrots differ from normal ones not only in their purple colour but also in its rich properties—with anti-cancer, diuretic and astringent components; some even claim it has aphrodisiac properties too.
What appears certain is that this edible root is also a delicious, healthy delicacy that may be consumed raw, as in salads, fried, as in salpicón, or as a garnish of a delicious migas dish.
The people of Cuevas Bajas are aware of the richness, exclusivity and uniqueness of this product. For this reason, they pay tribute to it every first Sunday of December product with the Purple Carrot Festival, a fantastic opportunity to taste it and even buy some. Everyone in Cuevas Bajas is aware of the richness, exclusivity and uniqueness of this edible. For this reason, they pay tribute to it every first Sunday of December by celebrating this festival.
The event is a fantastic opportunity to taste or even buy the product and is rounded off with some tastings of local cuisine, such as chacinas (cold meats) and wine, a regional food market, children's activities, Verdiales performances, and renowned entertainers.
Alternatively, visitors can explore this charming village. Over the last few years, it has considered itself as an authentic rural destination by proclaiming its outstanding cultural, natural and historical heritage.
The banks of the Genil River, the Huertas del Marqués, its hamlets, its old town, and its gastronomy are some of the charms offered in Cuevas Bajas.