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St Lucia Food
A Melange of Many Cultures


St Lucia food has been influenced by many factors. It is actually a mélange (mix) of many cultures like African, French, British and native. It is similar to others in the Caribbean, but with its own identity.

 



St Lucia Fish typically Caribbean

St Lucia Fish typically Caribbean

St Lucia is an island with not only beautiful beaches. It has lots of fertile land; therefore, you will find an array of locally grown vegetables and fruits.

Fish is caught daily in the clear waters surrounding the island. This is essentially the base of their cuisine.


St Lucia Food

St Lucia Fruit and Vegetables

St Lucia Fruit and Vegetables

Vegetables grown in St Lucia Island include cassava, dashing, breadfruit and sweet potatoes. Local fruits are bananas, coconuts, guavas, mangoes, papayas, passion fruit and pineapples. If you like fish, in St Lucia you’ll have a feast of tuna, mahi mahi, and snapper.

And as a good Caribbean Island the food is spicy with an array of spices used in its cuisine, like garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, parsley and cloves.



Top dishes of St Lucia Food


Banana and Salt Fish

This is a frequent dish on St Lucian’s table. It is Salt Fish or Cod Fish and Green Banana. It is seasoned with garlic, thyme, onion, scallions, cilantro, peppers, lime juice, vegetable oil, hot sauce and salt to taste.



Bouyon

This is a large soup pot that can be cooked with fish, chicken, meat, ham hocks or pork. The ingredients are: russet potatoes, white sweet potato, large carrots, coarsely, onion, lentils, cloves, garlic, plantains, green bananas, yucca, spinach, hot sauce and salt.



St Lucia Banana Chicken

Made of chicken cutlets with ham ripe bananas, flour, egg and grated coconut.





Pepperpot Stew

This is actually a dish typical from Guyana and adopted by the surrounding islands as St Lucia. It can be made with beef, chicken, pork or lamb with the following ingredients: red hot pepper, cassareep, cinnamon, clove, sugar, salt, basil, thyme, onion and garlic.



Pepperpot Stew

St Lucia Breads and Cakes


St Lucia Banana Nut Bread

This is typical bread of St Lucia taking advantage of the bananas that grow on the islands. It is made of flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, ripe bananas, vanilla and walnuts or pecans.



Saffron Buns - St Lucia Bread

These bread buns are original from Sweden, where they celebrate Saint Lucia Day on December 13th. It was adopted by the island and it is now a very popular bread to accompany meals and drinks. Ingredients:  Milk, vanilla, dry yeast, sugar, brandy, powdered saffron, tangerines, all-purpose flour, cardamom, salt, dried cranberries and powdered sugar.



Beverages in St Lucia

  • St Lucia Rum is a popular alcoholic beverage on the island and they have their own distillery.
  • Piton Beer is a local very tasty beer.
  • Coffee is very popular and plentiful
  • Shandy is a local drink mix of beer, ginger ale, lemon and sorrel.




I hope you got an idea of what to expect when you visit St Lucia regarding food. I repeat, this is just information for my readers and travelers to St Lucia.

I don’t pretend to be a chef or expert in food. I am just a travel writer that has been to St Lucia several times and love the island and its people. And of course, St Lucia Food.





For more information visit St Lucia Official Tourism Website




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