Furnas is the easternmost of the three active central volcanoes on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. It is the most volcanically active region on this island. Furnas is alive with bubbling geysers, hot springs and vents.
Due to its unique microclimate, it's also an incredible place to see lush vegetation, endemic plants and sample the traditional cozido meat and veggie stew (Cozido das Furnas) cooked in the volcanic vents.
This dish is prepared by lowering the pot in a hot spring heated by volcanic steam. The food cooks slowly – for about 5 hours – and the only liquid used are the juices from the ingredients. The hot springs work magic to the meat and vegetable stew boiled underground. The pots are full of layers of Pork, Beef, Cabbage, Kale, Potatoes, Tarot, Carrots, Chicken, Chouriço and Blood Sausage!
The Cozido das Furnas has been cooked here for hundred of years. The reason people started cooking using the volcanic heat was because it was just way cheaper to just use natural heat since there’s nothing to pay. This food was the staple of the locals in this region and is definitely something that you should try out during your stay here!
Fortunately for you, you don't have to go and do research for find an experience where you can cook a volcanic stew -- we did all the leg work for you! Do check out our experience: Hike Azores Waterfall & Cook Volcanic Stew where you can cook this dish with a local and really take in the culture!
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