Canary Island Cuisine

Cuisine in The Canaries

The cuisine in the Canary Islands is a mixture of traditional Spanish recipes with influences from Africa and South America, largely due to its waves of emigrants.Villas in Canaries are often near to tourist orientated restaurants but you can easily find more traditional and local cuisine in all of the Islands with apartments in Spain.

Traditional Dishes in The Canaries

The basis of Canarian food is a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish which are easy to find and digest in a hot climate and often served as tapas which are known locally as enyesques. Some of the best known dishes in the Canary Islands can be found when staying in villas in Canary Islands such as Tenerife, where Papas Arrugadas or wrinkled potatoes and Mojo Picon or spicy sauces are the traditional dishes. The mojo sauces are often made of oil, garlic, vinegar, salt, red pepper, thyme, oregano and coriander for example and added to a variety of fish and meats.

Soups in The Canaries

Most meals in the Canaries start with soup and among the best soups available include those with potatoes or with fish. In addition, the Potage De Berros or watercress coup is very popular. Whichever of the Canary Islands you stay in, you will find fantastic fish dishes such as Caldereta and Sancocho Canario, which are salted fish dishes in a mojo sauce.

Meat Dishes in the Canaries

Whilst on holiday in one of our villas in Canary Islands, you will get the chance to cook or perhaps try in a local restaurant some of the popular meat dishes. These traditionally include pork, chicken, rabbit or goat. Pork is one of the main ingredients of the Carne Fiesta or food that is cooked for parties and events. Traditionally, the islands were the first stop for Spanish ships returning from the Americas, so food such as potatoes, beans, tomatoes, avocados, papaya and maize cocoa have become part of the diet of the Canaries and used in many dishes.

Deserts of The Canary island

Deserts in the Canary islands often include cane sugar, honey, anise and almonds. On the island of El Hierro where we have villas in the Canaries and apartments in Spain, you will find a quesadilla which is made of cheese and also rosquetes which are ring shaped pastries. Bananas are also grown all over the Canaries and a key part of the diet.