The tradition of street roasters.
They can be found on every street corner in Portugal – and elsewhere in Europe. Not so long ago, merchants used to scream to attract customers. The “quentes e boas” resonated everywhere.
In Portuguese said “pregoar”. It consists in emitting a loud melody to dominate the noise of the street. This tradition no longer exists, and that is a pity: it was very characteristic and the expression “quentes e boas” (good ans wharm) has become part of the common language .
Grilling was done over a wood fire. From now on, the specific stoves are heated with gas. The added coarse salt prevents the fruit from blackening the fingers, and gives taste.
The street roasters season can during six months. Count 2.50€ per dozen in the street… and between 2.50 and 4 euros per kilo of fresh fruit in the grocery store.
“Magusto” , the chestnut/jeropiga association, celebrates Saint Martin – São Martinho – on November 11.
But the variants exist from north to south of the country, and “magusto” can be practiced throughout the month of November.
The Saint Martin in question is the one of Tours, who split his coat in two to give it to a beggar. The cold that was then gone. Thus was born the summer of St. Martin’s Day and a moment of respite in the cold autumn that heralds winter, according to legend.
Moreover, it is recommended to split the chestnuts with a knife to prevent them from exploding when roasting