What are the 8 distinct flavours of the Canary Islands?
According to the Canarian government, there are at least 8 distinct gastronomic flavours of the Canary Islands that you, as a tourist or resident, can’t miss out on.
When you come to one of the Canary Islands it would be a shame if you didn’t try at least some of the typical Canarian dishes. Discover some of the local restaurants or go to a Guachinche a small family owned restaurant with only homemade dishes, and try some of the following 8 typical flavours :
- Papas (potatoes)
You can eat a potato in any shape or form on the Canary Islands, but by far the most popular are the papas arrugadas or wrinkled potatoes. The potatoes are very salty and they go together very well with fish or meat. You can dip them in the local mojo sauce that mainly consisting of oil, salt, peppers and garlic and that comes in red and green.
- Queso (cheese)
Two of the favourite cheeses on the Canary Island are the goat cheese (queso de cabra) or the sheep’s cheese (queso de oveja). You can get the cheese deep-fried or just plain with some honey dressing. Either way it is a must to try while you are on one of the islands.
- Miel (honey)
The bees on the Canary Islands get their nectar out of all the wonderful and exotic local flowers here on the islands. This, amongst other things, gives an incomparable taste and aroma to the local honey.
- Gofio (Canarian flour made from roasted grains)
While gofio is believed to be a power food, the opinions on the taste of gofio tend to vary. The locals mix gofio in their milk and cereals for breakfast, they mix it in their soup for lunch and they even mix it in their desserts. It is a very versatile product with a distinct texture and taste, but when you are on the Canary Islands, you cannot miss out on this opportunity to try it.
- Pescados Atlánticos (Atlantic seafood)
Take the opportunity to go to a local seafood restaurant where you won’t get a menu, but where you can choose your fish directly from the cooler. Almost all local seafood restaurants will sell you the catch of the day so you are sure to get the freshest and best seafood around.
- Carnes (meats)
The best local meats include rabbit, goat and the special Canarian black pig. Try some of the local braised meat with potatoes or millet pineapple and you will want some more in no time!
- Plátanos y otras frutas tropicales (bananas and other tropical fruit)
Usually these fruits are consumed as a delicious snack or at breakfast, but you can also try some fried banana as dessert. The local plátanos are much smaller and sweeter than the ones you know from home.
- Vino (wine)
Last, but not least, you have to taste some of the delicious local wine the islands have to offer. The climate and the geology of the island give the local wine its characteristic flavour. Try one in any of the local bars!
Ultimately the Canary Islands have much more to offer than sun and sea. Try out some of the delicious local cuisine and I’ll bet you will be longing for more.