Green Fig and Salt Fish
“Green Figs” (aka green bananas) and “Salt Fish” (aka Salted Cod) is known to be the national dish of the Island which screams out uniqueness. The figs are boiled, flaked and sautéed with local peppers, thyme, chives, onions and other herbs and spices. The salt fish is also boiled just enough to wash away the correct proportion of salt then added to the green fig to make a flavorful accompaniment. Served as a salad, taste our culture at its best.
Accras (Fish Cakes)
Accras better known as fish cakes are very delicious treats perfect for parties’ events and family gatherings. The main ingredient is fish; commonly salted cod fish. Accras are prepared by firstly deboning and boiling the salted cod several times until the desired amount of saltiness, which is then mixed with a wide variety of spices and creole seasoning, egg, pinch of sugar and backing powder. Finally the Accras are shaped and put into a frying pan with vegetable oil for frying. The end result is a bit crunchy on the outside while soft in the inside in texture. If you haven’t tied these then you are missing out on some delicious treats!
Yes, these babies are fried, even though they are called Bakes. We also call them Float, which is probably a better name as they puff up and float to the surface once they hit the hot oil. Bakes are a very popular item among the food vendors on the island. You will find them being made at practically every festival, family gatherings, at the beach, in the market, or sometimes even randomly along the side of the road.
Pemmie is a very unique dish which is a combination of cornmeal, grated coconut, grated pumpkin, sugar, essence and milk all wrapped up in banana leaves. The combination is then put to boil until it's properly cooked which is notified by the desired texture. You will be amazed on how different and great St.Lucia pemmie taste!
Fried Breadfruit Balls
Breadfruit is a staple food that is very rich in starch which transforms to sugars when very ripe. Picked at the right timing, the breadfruit is prepared with a mixture of eggs spices,cheese and bread crumbs to deliver an amazing taste.
With the many fishing villages and being an island, St.Lucia consist of a wide variety of seafood to enjoy. These include fish (blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, king fish, yellow tuna, red snapper and dorado), octopus, lobster, Crabs and more! Whether grilled, baked, fried or stewed, you will be amazed on how we prepare our seafood here in St. Lucia. Our killer local spices, hot sources and cooking methods such as clay pot and wood fire, can’t make visitors stop talking about how good it taste. So if you are a seafood lover, St. Lucia is the ideal place to visit!
Our avocado balls are made with the main ingredients avocado and ferine (fawinkasav). Farine is what remains after the juice has been removed from a cassava. The combination of the two with minor addition of salt and pepper gives a very unique taste way different from just having a slice of standalone avocado. This is a very quick and easy dish to prepare at home to enjoy with family.
This is one of the most nutritious meals you can find on the island. It is basically stewed meat, seafood or chicken with a combination of dumplings, coconut milk, spices, lentils, spinach, cabbage, orca, ground yams such as dasheen, green bananas, green plantains and the list goes on. For the ultimate experience these meals are cooked in clay pots with natural fire (wood fire surrounded by stones) to acquire an enriched creole flavor. This meal is perfect to cook on a family camp or beach hangouts.
Golden Apple Jam
Golden apple when in season, is a perfect fruit to enjoy with a little sweetness. This treat is similar to preparing all jams but with the Caribbean twist. Skinned golden apples are added in a sugary mix containing spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and bwaden resulting in a burst of amazing sweet flavor. Kids love this treat and could be very addictive once prepared properly.
Local Stone Oven Bread
Taste a different version of bread , taste local stone oven bread! Before modern oven stoves were built stone ovens were one of the most popular methods of baking bread. You now have a chance to taste what bread used to taste like way back in the fifties.
Fried sweet plantains are very popular in St. Lucia which is usually recommended as a side dish. The sweetness naturally comes from the organic plantains which is cooked to a semi-soft texture that is very easy to digest. These sweeties could get very addictive!
Get a taste of our locally grown fruits! Unlike all year round fruits such as Jelly Coconuts, periodically changing fruit selections will be available to you based on your arrival date to the island. Local fruits such as Soursop, Sugar Apple, golden Apple, Starfruit, local Bananas, mangoes and many more variations you might not have heard about.
Start your day like a true Lucian with a healthy hot glass of Cocoa Tea. Although it is referred to as a tea, its characteristics are similar to milky hot chocolate, with a healthy twist. Its texture is less fatty and creamy, more fragrant with dark cacao nut and bitter sweetness, plus some warming spice such as nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise and bay leaf, simply magic in a glass.
Enjoy the refreshing local beer of St.Lucia Piton Beer! The beer was named after the major landmarks Gros Piton and Petit Piton mountains located in Soufriere.
Local Spice Rum
Enlighten yourself with an assortment of home made spice rums (usually called local Viagra). The rum is made of various spices, fruits and herbs which is left to ferment in alcohol for a specific period of time resulting in enriched and distinctive flavors. You will get to sample up to 9 different rum variations such as Pineapple, Mango, Cherry, Ginger, Turmeric, Tamarind and many more!
Enjoy a refreshing shandy which contains only 1.2% alcohol! Perfect for light weight drinkers, this beverage comes in flavors such as ginger, passion fruit, lemon and sorrel. This drink will keep you wanting more!
St. Lucia Distillers Rum Tasting
Taste a variety of local rums from St Lucia Distillers Group! Rums like Chairman’s Reserve Spiced which contains local spices and fruits including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut, all spice, lemon and orange. They have also added Richeria Grandis – known locally as “Bois Bande” – a bark renowned in the Caribbean as a potent aphrodisiac to give an added kick to the rum.
Del’s Rain forest Cafe Rum Punch
Get refreshed under the hot sun with Del's Rain Forest Cafe Rum Punch! Taste the burst of flavors this one drink has to offer. The rum is mixed with several local spices and local pure juices making it suitable for both women and men to enjoy. No one does it better than Del's Rain Forest Cafe!
Now it's your turn to taste these delicious Foods & Beverages
Additional Tour/Events recommendations: