Valencians are very proud of their Mediterranean diet which they believe is the best in the world. La Huerta, the area around Valencia, is famous for growing fresh fruit and vegetables. A drive in Valencia’s countryside will see you travelling past fields and fields of orange trees. Spanish cured ham, cheese, olives and olive oil are all a major part of the diet. Valencians are very proud of the fact that paella originated here. This is a rice dish which is cooked in a special shallow pan. The ingredients include chicken, rabbit, vegetables and saffron. The secret to a good paella is not to stir the rice while it is cooking.