The gastronomy in Tenerife is quite simple, although the variety of local products (vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, cheese, wine…) surprises for its unexpected rich of taste. The local cuisine is probably one of the most unknown areas by tourists, but highly appreciated by locals and foreigners living in Tenerife most of the year.
This cuisine reflects the historical influences within the country, as the Canary islands served as an important provision stop for Spanish ships that sailed between Spain, Africa and the New World.
– Gofio. A locally produced product that is used in many Canarian dishes. It is a flour created by grinding roasted sweetcorn, wheat and other grains. It can also be added to milk for breakfast.
– Papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes). This is a popular dish in Tenerife, which are unskinned potatoes boiled in seawater, and served with mojo. Mojo is a sauce that can be orange, red, or green depending on its ingredients, which are typically heavy in garlic, oil, chili peppers and paprika.
– Sancocho. Another popular dish in Tenerife, it is fish served mojo and sweet and plain potatoes.
– Conejo al Salmorejo (Rabbit in salmorejo sauce). A succulent dish based on rabbit meat and red hot pepper sauce.
– Ropa vieja. This Canarian dish is composed of different meats, potatoes and garbanzo beans.
Tip: The best way to taste these dishes is going to one of the guachinches in the North of the island.
Of course, Canarians also eat food typical from the Spanish mainland, like the Spanish paella and tortilla. The olive oil is frequently prevalent in many dishes.
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