Dominica is blessed with an abundance of foods that everyone can enjoy. Thanks to its rich fertile soil and temperate climate, many different types of produce grow very easily here, for example a variety of fruits and vegetables, citrus, bananas, coconuts, coffee, cocoa and spices.
Since the 18th century, Dominicaâ€™s diverse heritage is evident in the mix of French, West Indian and Carib Cuisine. This mixture of the different cuisine created the distinctly Creole taste! Chicken and fish, seasoned with local spices, are very popular in the daily menu items in Dominica. You will also find â€œprovisionsâ€ which are starchy root vegetables as past of the main meal. Callaloo or Pumpkin soup and fresh green salads are also common fare here.
Here are some tastes you should definitely try as part of your Dominican adventure.
Drink A Kubuli Beer
Everyone who visits Dominica should try the award winning locally brewed Kubuli Beer. The word comes from Waitukubuli â€“ Dominicaâ€™s original name! Its light mild taste will delight you. Kubuli Beer is made with pure spring water and is available in shops, bars and restaurants everywhere. Cheers!
Refresh With A Jelly Coconut
Nearly all Dominican will attest to the restorative benefits of fresh coconut water. You can find this natural drink in many restaurants and hotels. On the west coast, you might be lucky to find one with a prink husk for a special treat. Or buy one off a truck in the new market!
Go ahead and try something a little different, how about mouth watering puffs with avocado, breadfruit or dasheen as a side dish. Then satisfy your sweet tooth with a tamarind ball or a piece of Guava or Coconut Cheese or Pate Banana.
Have a Cuppa With Toast And Jam
Have a cup (or two) of Dominicaâ€™s locally grown CafÃ© Dominique to start your day. Or drink some Belloâ€™s cocoa tea â€“ hot chocolate in other words! Sweeten up your toast with some of their tasty preserves â€“ grapefruit, passion fruit or guava! Also look for Belloâ€™s hot pepper sauces and tropical fruit drink concentrates to take home with you.
Perhaps You Prefer Tea
After your adventures, relax with on of Blowâ€™s Herbal Teas, ginger, peppermint or basilic, Have it hot or cold, sweeten or plain. Buy some and take it home! Many herbs and natural products are found here in Dominica. For example Bwa bande is a popular tonic (particularly for men), which is said to restore male virility. It is found in a tea form in many shops. Cimenkontwa allegedly rids the body of parasites. Citronella is good for a cold. There are all Dominican bush remedies and are available island â€“ wide as Blowâ€™s Herbal Teas.
Buy Freshly Baked Bread
Bakeries abound in almost every town and village in Dominica. Walk in one and savor the tantalizing aroma. Then purchase a long loaf (called a mastiff) and some substantial rolls. Also indulgence yourself to a pastry, perhaps a meat pie, sweet potato pudding or coconut cake!
There are so many different tastes in Dominica, itâ€™s difficult to mention all in just one post. So keep checking the site for my second post on other Dominican Tastes.