Cider

You are now in front of the monument to cider. It is the work of Gotzon Huegun, the sculptor from Lasarte-Oria. The sculpture that has stood in this small square since 2007 features three elements related to cider: the apple, the bottle and the class.

Monument to cider
Monument to cider

 

Cider has not only been extremely important in Buruntzaldea, but also in the whole of Gipuzkoa. This beverage made out of apple juice is deeply rooted in Basque culture and society and is related to the Basque Country's important maritime history. Usurbil is a town located on the banks of the River Oria and this river played an important role in the history of Basque shipbuilding. Many ships left from them at the time when the Basques were a maritime power. Basques have a rich maritime history, but it might have not been as rich if it had not been for the cider. In fact, as cider was the main tipple of Basque crews, the theory has been developed in recent years that it might have been used to avoid scurvy.

Leaving theories to one side, there is no question about the importance that cider production had in Dejando. Udarregi, the versolari or Basque troubadour, perfectly captured the relationship between cider and the people of Usurbil:

Asiera eman du
Pello Errotariyak
Errespuesta orain
Juan Joxe Udarregiyak.
Batek ainbat deretxo
Daukagu guk biyak;
Gure kolejiyuak
Sagardotegiyak

"Pello the Miller began; now Juan Jose Udarregi's response. Both of us have as much right; our schools are the cider houses."

Nowadays, the apple continues to thrive in Usurbil, impregnating the Basque culture with the flavour of cider.

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