“Crespillos” are sweet pastries made from borrage leaves coated in egg, milk, flour, sugar and a touch of both aniseed and orange; they are then fried in olive oil.
They are traditionally made around the 25th March being the Feast of the Incarnation when, according to the Catholic Church, the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception occurred. As the birth of her son, Jesus, took place in December at the same time the olives are harvested from the trees, tradition has placed great importance on celebrating fertility on 25th March. This celebration is thought to bring fecundity to the olive groves and guarantee a good harvest.
The market square of Barbastro is the best place to celebrate this fiesta on the Sunday closest to the Incarnation and people come from all around to sample the original and tasty “crespillos”