Convent Sweets (Dulces) in Seville
Many nuns in the convents of Sevilla earn their living selling sweets and confections. Their recipes come from the times of the Romans and Moors, which they have preserved over the ages. Unfortunately many convents are closing because they have fewer nuns. So this art may be lost in the future. Buying their sweets will help their convents and tourists can try something completely Spanish.
The procedure for buying the sweets is very archaic, but very charming. You enter the convent to a very small room with a lazy Susan installed on the wall. You never see the nun with whom you do the transaction, since the nuns are cloistered and avoid direct contact with the public.
On the wall beside the lazy Susan will be a pricelist. You look it over and decide which sweets you want to buy. Then you ring a buzzer on the wall. After a while you will hear the voice of a nun greet you and ask you what you want to buy. You tell her your order and after a few minutes the lazy Susan will turn and you will find your order on it. You then put your money on the lazy Susan and turn it so that the nun can get it. If there is change, the nun puts it on the lazy Susan and you then can get your change.
The transaction is completely based on trust, and that is why it is so very charming. However many convents now have removed the lazy Susan and have a window where you can talk directly to a nun.
We decided to go on a hunt for the Nun’s confections. It took us on a wonderful meander off the tourist route and the backstreets of Seville.
To our shock our Nun decided to out herself. No english, but we did’nt need it..off we went with our biscuits and lovely they were too.
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