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st lucia food

October 28, 2018 -

St Lucia food

St lucia food is fairly expensive due to high imports, a small economy, monopolies, and a weak local farming sector. Farming tends to be small-scale, low-tech, costly, risky and therefore not very efficient. The main supermarket chain is Massy Stores. There are also small convenience stores and local farmer’s markets on Saturdays. Traditional St. Lucia food is not fancy, but it is tasty and filling. The most common street food you will find are BBQ chicken and fish, fried or roasted “bakes” (similar to Johnny cakes, a flat bread made from wheat), and Indian – inspired rotis (wraps filled with curried potatoes and either meat, fish or vegetables. Very popular are local “meal” – a fairly standard plate with a choice of meat or fish and a selection sides: rice, beans, ground provisions, macaroni pie or green banana salad, and a small amount of fresh salad (typically served without dressing, unless you ask). Another one of our favorite st lucia foods is the local “stew” or one pot also called “bouillon.” In earlier days, this stew was prepared on a clay coalpot. St. Lucia’s national dish is green figs and salt fish (cooked green bananas with salted cod, seasoning peppers, chives, mayonnaise). Other typical St Lucian dishes include: Breadfruit balls, fried plantain, Christophene Grattin, calallou soup, pumpkin soup green mango salad, accra (fried fish cakes), lambi (conch) and fresh local fish (Tuna, King fish, Snapper or Mahi).

For vegetarians and vegans or people with dietary restrictions such as dairy or gluten free, street food is not so easy to find. You will have better luck going to one of the st lucia restaurants which caters to both visitors and locals. The dining experience in St Lucia is very varied, from budget meals of less than US$ 10 to some very high end gourmet dining for over $80. Some st lucia food is fairly bland, other dishes are prepared with lots of flavors and spices such as coconut milk, ginger, lemon grass and turmeric. If you like Asian cooking, you can prepare many Asian dishes with what’s available on the island. However, st lucia food traditionally does not resemble Asian cuisine.

If you are preparing your own meals, you can definitely eat healthy, fresh and delicious st lucia food as long as you shop smart, grow your own, and minimize waste. You just won’t have near the selection of different foods that you may be used to Some things you may need to bypass because they’re too expensive.

However, St. Lucia offers plenty of great fresh alternatives grown on the island: Breadfruit, sweet potatoes, yams, dasheen, bananas, plantains, squash, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, kale, malabar spinach, chinese cabbage, chives. What st lucians call pumpkin is actually a squash (and very tasty!). A more exotic vegetables is the “christophene” more commonly known as chayote elsewhere. Interesting also is the lesser known “breadnut” another starchy relative of the breadfruit.

Cabbage, broccoli, carrots, beets, mushrooms, radishes, turnips and leeks are usually imported but can sometimes be found locally as well (root crops and tubers don’t do too well in this climate). St. lucia does not grow “irish” potatoes, onions or garlic, or apples and pears (naturally).

Coconuts, papayas, bananas and plantains grow pretty much year round. Pineapples and melons are starting to be grown commercially almost year round. Citrus (oranges, sour oranges, mandarines, tangerines, grapefruit, limes and lemons) have a fairly long season.

Local (seasonal) fruits include: Mangoes, Guavas, Wax apples, Love apples, a few different types of “plums” passion fruit, sugar apple, soursop, starfruit (Karambola), tamarind, avocados and acerola (cherries (high in Vitamin C, locals call them barbadian cherries).