If the media appearances of the Catalan Popular Party’s presidential candidate Xavier García Albiol at times leave a bad taste in the mouth of his political opponents, his participation in a programme on Tele 5 offered a slightly different flavour – and one that Albiol couldn’t really define. The PP candidate was showing the presenter how to eat a calçot – a famous Catalan vegetable delicacy, usually enjoyed with sauce at barbecues known as calçotades. However, Albiol slipped up when he tried to explain the dish to the programme host: “They come from the southern part of Catalonia, a calçot is a variety of garlic”. However, as many Catalans are well aware, a calçot is a variety of spring onion. Según @Albiol_XG el calçot es un ajo… pues a jo… derse toca. Es una cebolla !!! Y no haré la rima @alvaromenlon @ochinabos — Sebas Maspons (@MaspiDIAL) 3 of December 2017 Social media was rapidly flooded with comments and jokes from those criticizing the PP leader for not knowing his onions: És que aquest home no n’encerta ni una. Ho fa exprés o… — Lluís Llach (@lluis_llach) 3 of December 2017 Translation: This man doesn’t even get one single answer right. Does he do it on purpose or…? – Lluís Llach Si no sabe lo que es un calçot ni sabe comerlo, va a ha saber de política catalana. Absurdo el @Albiol_XG — tito hernandez (@titosantako) 3 of December 2017 If he doesn’t know what a calçot is or how to eat one, what he is going to know about Catalan politics? Albiol is absurd Albiol gran catala. El calçot es un all, i tu un capgros! — Anna Parareda (@PararedaAnna) 3 of December 2017 Albiol a great Catalan. The calçot is a garlic, and you’re a bighead! En Xavier García Albiol demostrant que no en té ni fava de calçots, ni de res en general. — Never Keta (@mai_keta) 3 of December 2017 Xavier García Albiol showing that he has no idea about calçots, nor about anything in general. Albiol li diu a España q els calçots, ”es un ajo” Com a embaixador de Catalunya a l’Estranger, arruinaria el país el primer dia. — Susanna (@Susanna8138) 3 of December 2017 Albiol says in Spain that a calçot “is a garlic” As an ambassador for Catalonia abroad, he would ruin the country on the first day.



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