Monday, September 27, 2010

Carboneras

Carboneras

No, this is not a smoking replica of Mount Teide, although it looks distinctly like it.

Another of the old traditions demonstrated at the Día de la Trilla fiesta or country fair is the making of carboneras. This smoking heap of earth and foliage is the laborious method by which local people used to make their own charcoal, both for heating the home and for cooking, as well as for use in making their own tools.

Wood and branches of brezo (a heather-like perennial shrub) are piled up with earth to assure the slow combustion necessary to obtain the material that, in the past, was one of the most valued goods in the middle altitudes of the district.

These days, we settle for a fan heater and another woolly for winter heating, cook on bottled gas and go to the ironmonger for tools. How lazy we've become!

See where this picture was taken. [?]


Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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