Longaniza is a pork sausage (embutido) similar to a chorizo. It is popular in several regions of Spain, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and in Philippines.
Varieties by country
In Argentina longaniza is not just any chorizo, but a very long, cured and dried one that gets its particular flavour from anise grinded seeds. This results in a very particular aroma, and a mildly sweet flavour that contrasts with the strong salty taste of the stuffing. It's used mainly as an appetizer or in sandwiches, and very rarely cooked.
In Chile, Longaniza may be eaten during a barbecue with bread as a choripan. The city of Chillan is known for its longanizas. Chillan's football team Nublense are nicknamed The Clockwork Longaniza . During the festivities of the 18th of September, longaniza is prepared in great quantities.
Longaniza are Philippine chorizos flavoured with indigenous spices. Longaniza making has a long tradition in the Philippines, with each region having their own specialty. Among others, Lucban is known for its garlicky longanizas (derecado); Guagua for its salty, almost sour, longanizas. Longganisang hamonado , by contrast, is known for its distinctive sweet taste. Unlike Spanish chorizos, longanizas can also be made of chicken, beef, or even tuna.
Longaniza or longganisa of the Philippines
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