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The cuisine of the Canary Islands combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences.
There are some mainland-imported meals, but the original is to be found in the Canary Islands specialities. Away from the standard Spanish food, and the many tourist-oriented "international" style restaurants in the hotels, there is a genuine local cuisine. It is much easier to find a real British pub or a fast-food restaurant than a 'Canarian tipico', usually distinguished by a short menu of soups, stews and grilled fish dishes.
The basis of Canarian cuisine is a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish, generally light meals, more digestible in a warm climate. Meat usually features as part of a stew and steaks, mostly imported from Spain or South America and are for tourists only.
The traditional island food is gofio, a sort of flour made from toasted cereals, often a substitute for bread.
Also, being one of the best-known dishes, try the Papas Arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes).
The cuisine of the Canary Islands combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences.
This last dish consists of potatoes boiled and salted with their skin. But, their real taste comes from the mojos (sauces), usually two olive oil-based sauces: the mojo picón (spicy sauce) and the mojo verde (green sauce).
If you like fish, you will feel in paradise on those islands. Among the most typical regional recipes are Caldereta and Sancocho Canario, salted fish in a Mojo sauce. You will find a wide variety of international recipes of fish and seafood, too.
Among vegetarian dishes Potaje de Berros, a hot pot of chickpeas, is perhaps best known.
The most typical dessert is bienmesabe, a mixture of honey, almond cream, eggs and rum. Besides that, you have a wide choice of tropical fruits, like mangoes and paw paw. Platanos Fritos, fried bananas, are in great demand. Not to be missed at all, is the local goat cheese, which is invariably good.
The Tapas concept is one of the most important Spanish contributions to the world of gastronomy. A Tapa is a light and small piece of food that Spaniards have either before lunch or dinner, always with a glass of wine or beer. The Tapas custom allows one to have several wines or beers before lunch or dinner, it hides the appetite (tapa el hambre). The Tapa can be presented in several ways: as a pincho (with a stick), as a mini-dish of a traditional recipe, as a canapé, etc....
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