In Saint Lucia, food is one of the most valuable parts of the island’s culture. When travellers visit the island paradise of Saint Lucia, they should take the opportunity to Saint Lucia food as part of the holiday experience. Saint Lucia food has a variety of influences, linked to the island's diverse history. You may find West Indian, Creole and French influences in the traditional food in Saint Lucia, with specialities varying from region to region.
As part of your holiday experience, you may wish to try traditional dishes such as pepper pot stew or callaloo soup, a spicy soup containing callaloo leaves and crab. You will also find a high availability of fresh Saint Lucia Food; most notably fresh fish, which is caught and cooked daily in many eating establishments. Fresh fruit is also intensely popular amongst locals, and visitors to the island. Banana, coconut and mango fruits are all readily available on the island. Many all inclusive resorts will provide traditional Saint Lucia food as part of their available meals; alternatively you could travel to restaurants in smaller towns and villages where you will find fresh Saint Lucia foods cooked to local recipes. For a unique experience, why not visit Gros Islet for the Friday Night Party, or Anse La Raye for the Friday Fish Fry? Here, fresh, traditional Saint Lucia food is available to purchase from street vendors.
Visitors can find many different types of Saint Lucia food in tourist towns on the west coast. In towns such as Castries and Rodney Bay, there is an abundance of restaurants catering to all tastes. Whether Asian, Mexican or American, you will find your favourite food in Saint Lucia! Restaurants in this area range from fast food to exquisite dining, so travellers will find the right venue for every occasion.
Chefs preparing food in Saint Lucia are extremely fortunate to have some of the highest quality ingredients in the world available to them. Growing food in Saint Lucia's fertile soil gives it a beautiful flavour and high quality; this is passed on the animals feeding on the island's natural crops, giving meat and other Saint Lucia food a rich flavour. Meat cuts on offer vary noticeably from those that the British or American traveller would find at home, with pork hock and pig tail being prime examples. Starchy Saint Lucia foods form a central part of the typical Saint Lucian diet, with breadfruit and plantain exceedingly popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The fantastic flavours on offer mean that chefs add very little flavouring to the food in Saint Lucia, preferring to turn their attention to the presentation of their dishes.
Once you have selected from the abundance of available foods in Saint Lucia, equal attention should be paid to selecting your beverages. To get into the spirit of your tropical holiday, coconut water or fresh fruit juice are delicious, exotic drinks and very refreshing in the Saint Lucian heat. If you would like an alcoholic drink, rum from the local distillery, straight up or mixed into an exotic cocktail is highly recommended. Piton, a local beer, is also very popular on the islands. Soft drinks, teas and coffees are also available in most eating establishments and hotels, if you prefer something a little more familiar.
Any trip to this remarkable island would not be complete without experiencing the national dish: salt fish and green figs. Cured fish and unripe bananas (similar to potatoes when boiled) are mixed with vegetables, green onions and mayonnaise to make this delicious meal - not to be missed!
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