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Tripeiros of Porto

Tripeiros of Porto:

Did you ever find yourself reading something about Porto, in Portugal, and see the word Tripeiros?

In Portugal whenever someone uses that word, we all know what that means.

Tripeiros is what the people of Porto are called.

It’s been centuries since the people of Porto started to be known simply as Tripeiros, and the reason for that is much simpler than you might think.

It has to do with, none other than food! More specifically the most traditional dish of Porto: “Tripas à Moda do Porto”.

Tripeiros literally translates to a person who eats tripes. Being the tripes the most traditional dish in Porto, it only makes sense for the people to be called that

You might think they are going to be annoyed or offended by that – being tripes, for quite a long time, not a delicacy but the leftovers of the animal.

Quite the contrary, in Porto they are very proud to be Tripeiros.

Porto’s gastronomy has more to know than just the Tripas – tripes.

One of the most world-known dishes is Francesinha, which we are quite sure you might have heard or read something about it. 

One might think that the reason for Tripas to be more important than Francesinha would be it’s antiquity since the last is from the 20th century and Tripas comes all the way back to the 15th.

But no, and here’s the story behind:

In the early 15th century, in 1414, the king – D. João I – started his plans to expand the Portuguese horizons by conquering Ceuta, a city in Northern Africa. Beginning the process of expansion by the seas that would characterize the country for the following centuries.

The king needed a strong military force and decided to send his sons, D. Pedro to Lisbon, and D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator) to Porto, to start organizing the expedition.

When Henry arrived at Porto he became quite worried that everything they had was not enough. He confesses his worries to the Master of Preparation, the one in charge of the preparations, that they would need more. That’s when the Master asked for the population’s help.

Quite promptly, Porto’s People not only offered themselves to go on the expedition but also offered all the meat they had in the city, keeping only the tripes of the animals for those who stayed inland.

And this is where the pride comes from. When the country needed their help, they gave themselves and everything they had for this huge adventure in detriment of their own wellbeing.

So now you know why people of Porto are called Tripeiros and what that means.

Now, if you come to visit the city, here’s a good challenge to try typical food.

If you are curious about Francesinha, learn here about it.

 

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