A Short Guide to Canarian Cuisine
As is the case with the Spanish mainland, the Canary Islands have a long-standing tradition of gastronomy and handle the heritage of cuisine very seriously. For hundreds of years, these volcanic and seemingly remote islands have relied on the produce of the islands to produce an array of sumptuous and delicious dishes. Many of these dishes are still enjoyed regularly today and, as well as being delicious, they also represent an element of resourcefulness.
While the all-inclusive atmosphere on board a Pullmantur Cruise takes the stress out of paying to dine out either on or off the ship, many travellers see the opportunity to try local cuisine as a vital part of their holiday. It is for these people that we have put together a short list of the dishes and products that you may be able to sample during a cruise to the Canary Islands.
No journey to the Canary Islands would be complete without trying the top ranked dish in not only the Canary Islands, but also in Spain. Following a recent vote held by Alliance Insurance, the potato-based dish of the Canary Islands claimed the top spot – beating other popular Spanish dishes including Iberico ham, Paella Valenciana and the potato omelette.
Papas Arrugadas translates directly as “wrinkly potatoes” which are made by boiling potatoes with their skins on in heavily salted water (traditionally sea water was used). They are then served with two mojos (sauces), one of which is green in colour and made using coriander, green peppers, red wine vinegar, and cumin; while the other is red and made from red peppers, chillies, cumin and garlic. These potatoes are an ideal snack or a perfect accompaniment to meat-based dishes.
The geographic position of the Canary Islands would suggest that there is an abundance of fish and seafood available – and you would not be wrong in thinking as such. One of the most popular dishes, generally available in Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, is fried alfonsino fish. It is commonly found in Japanese restaurants, but few people know that it is also a common staple of the Canarian diet. After being caught, it gradually turns red in colour and produces a flavour which is similar to that of red mullet.
Similar to the manchego cheese that is popular in Spain, majorero cheese is a goat’s milk cheese that originates from Fuerteventura and has a milky, nutty flavour. It is pale in colour and is produced from a unique species of goat that is endemic to the island of Fuerteventura. The Majorera goat produces a thick, aromatic milk and high-fat milk – which allows for a cheese to be produced with an acidic and buttery taste. A definite must-try during your time in Fuerteventura.
Carne de Cabra
Sticking with goat-based foods, another dish that you may expect to see while in Fuerteventura and Tenerife is Carne de Cabra. Goats have historically played a role in the culinary tradition of these islands and Carne de Cabra is a fine example of this. The goat is mixed with a variety of vegetables including onion, carrots, red peppers, olives, almonds, nuts, raisins and a variety of herbs to create a goat-based stew.
Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes
Bananas are grown across the Canary Islands and were so popular in the UK that Canary Wharf was actually named after the banana trade. One of the best uses for the abundance of bananas, which you will see across the Canary Islands, is banana and cinnamon pancakes. This beautiful sweet dish sounds just as good as it tastes and is perfect as either a dessert or a sweet treat.
Throughout the winter season, Pullmantur Cruises will be operating itineraries to the Canary Islands, providing the opportunity to visit the islands of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife. If this blog has inspired you to embark on a culinary journey of the Canary Islands, get in touch and let us create your perfect Canary Islands holiday.
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