There are different types of tourists who travel from one place to another for a certain degree of satisfaction, which could be the sight and the stomach. Saint Lucia serves as the center for food enthusiasts in search for the origin of notable Caribbean dishes or try the recently-opened restaurants. When you’re visiting the island, these are the must-try culinary experiences.
Salt Fish and Green Figs
Just like other countries, Saint Lucia has its own fair share of national dish – salt fish and green figs. The island makes the most of its unripe green bananas. These are referred by locals as figs and are considered staple to their diet for centuries already. It has been a culture here ever since the salted fish became a less expensive food source. Green figs and salt fish combo are usually served in most restaurants across the island.
Fried fish cakes saltfish accras are a combination of salted cod and spices. They are known to be served during breakfast. They are usually served with scotch bonnet pepper seasoning. Why in the morning? This is because it’s great as a wakeup call.
Also called conch, lambi are huge shellfish with its succulent meat that’s served in spicy Caribbean sauces. The colourful conch shells are actually visible as decorations throughout the island. Lambi is notably prepared in fritters. They are tasty treat abundant in most restaurants at Rodney Bay.
The spinach-like soup comes from callaloo leaves, which is rich in the island. This Caribbean favorite outlines its root to West Africa mixing callaloo leaf with garlic, onions, coconut milk, seasoned meat, okra, and potatoes. Traditional recipe variations include conch, fresh lobster, and crab.
You can take snack food fried plantain as a side dish or as is with the other island delicacies. This is perfect if you are just chilling at the beach. Cooks native in the island fry them in coconut oil and seasoned with salt when served. Plantain is a Caribbean staple being served in various trip guises.
Never miss the tropical flavor of another staple island food breadfruit. It has similarity with potatoes except that it is starchier and sweeter. It’s served boiled, stuffed, and cooked in a pie. You may also try it fried alongside your primary meal. They are a delicious treat when dipped in a spicy sauce or mayonnaise. It is even healthy as it’s rich in fibre that helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Since the Caribbean got its reputation as a quality-rum producer, Saint Lucia has also developed its own rum culture. In fact, the island offers a Sugar to Rum Revelation Tour with various island tours. You’ll get to experience a visit to its largest banana plantation in Roseau Valley, touring a distillery, sampling and testing local rum, and learning about sugar. Try the St. Lucian rum punch this summer and your drenching sweat will be off.
See, Saint Lucia is not only rich on its culture but so with its culinary history that will surely make your visit not only ones but twice, thrice and so on.
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