The most popular Conservas brand in the discerning Catalan region.
Cuca is the premium brand of Conservas Selectas de Galicia, a company founded in the Rías Baixas in 1932, which specialises in the selection and canning of the finest Galician seafood.
The Rías Baixas, which abuts the northern edge of Portugal, is riven with steep river valleys and maze-like waterways where several large rivers meet the sea. Over 80% of Spain’s preserved seafood is fished in this amazingly fertile region and Cuca has been at the very top of the game since its founding.
Unlike many competitors, Cuca produce seasonally. Changes in water temperature and rainfall affect the texture and flavour of the seafood; Cuca aim to produce when the fat content or flavour of each product is at its best.
An active member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Conservas Selectas de Galicia is deeply committed to sustainability and employing environmentally responsible fishing and canning practices.
Galicia is the north-west corner of Spain, jutting out just above Portugal. On its eastern edge, a series of mountain ranges separate Galicia from Castille and León, forming enough of a barrier from the rest of the country to isolate Galicia and allow it to develop a unique culture, language and cuisine.
Paradoxically, as the land falls away from the mountains in the east towards the Atlantic in the south, the temperatures gradually decrease until we reach the cool, wet Rias, or deltas, just north of the Portuguese border.
The Rias provide the vast majority of Spain’s seafood and fish: mussels, clams, mackerel and sardines all thrive here, which in turn sustain larger predatory animals like tuna and octopus.
On land, the long tradition of small scale farming can still be seen, although the increasing popularity of the local Albariño grape variety has heralded the arrival of large wineries and a consequent move towards monoculture.