St Lucia

The island of St Lucia is an emerald teardrop floating in the waters between the Atlantic and Caribbean. Here, the original Arawak and Carib Indians made their homes before it became home to pirates, plantations and sugar cane.

French and Creole influences are a huge part of the cuisine on the island, which is steeped in rich heritage. A few of the many traditional foods include the popular green fig (bananas) and saltfish dish, rum cake, callaloo soup, curry, pigeon peas and pepper pots.

A wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables are grown on the island, including coconuts, mangoes, oranges, tangerines and bananas. Some produce is available year round, but others are more seasonal.

Fruit juices are an important part of the food in St Lucia, with guava, passion fruit and mangoes being the most common choices. Piton beer, a local brand, is often mixed with these fruit juices for a light taste.

Other traditional St Lucia dishes include fish cakes, bakes and jerk chicken. These dishes are traditionally served with a bowl of callaloo soup, a spinach-like stew made from the callaloo plant.

Breadfruit is another classic Saint Lucian dish, which resembles a potato but with a sweeter flavour and starchier texture. These fruity treats are delicious stuffed, boiled or baked in a pie. They are high in fibre and Vitamin C, which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

These fruity snacks are a staple of St Lucian breakfasts and lunches. Served with green fig and saltfish, they are a great way to start the day. They are also very popular in the evenings, as a St Lucian burger or with a side of rice and fried plantains.

For those who are looking for something a little bit more adventurous, try one of the many streetfood events held around the island. These include a ‘Fish Friday’ event in Gros Islet, Dennery and Anse La Raye which is a huge party with music, drinks and lots of delicious streetfood.

There are a number of other festivals on the island which celebrate St Lucia’s culinary heritage and some of the island’s most famous people. These events are a great opportunity to try the unique dishes that the island is famed for and get a true taste of the local culture.

The best time to visit the island for a culinary experience is during the annual Rum and Food Festival, which attracts some of the island’s top chefs. This is an excellent opportunity to sample a large variety of cultural cuisine, along with musical concerts and rum tastings.

Aside from enjoying the many different foods on offer, St Lucia is also known for its spectacular scenery and tropical climate. With temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees F throughout the year, the island is perfect for a holiday in the sun.

Clothing and footwear should be lightweight and comfortable for walking around the island and exploring its villages and towns. It is also advisable to dress in layers, as it can be very hot and sunny.

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