If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful island, you probably already know what to see and do in Santa Cruz de La Palma and the rest of the island, but maybe you haven’t stopped to think about what to eat in La Palma during your stay.
And we’re not talking about any emergency snack, of course. Exploring the island through its gastronomy is a guaranteed option: not only is it a great way to get closer to the palm culture, but also… your palate will thank you for it!
It is already known that Canarian cuisine has a distinct personality, based on simplicity and a first class local product; but each island has its own culinary peculiarities. Read on to discover the typical dishes of La Palma.
TRAVELLER TIP: With food it happens just like with music: it has the capacity to transport you or make you go deeper into another world. The siote is the folkloric genre of Palma par excellence. A perfect combination!
Whet your appetite: the cheese with the Palmero Denomination
Palmero cheese is among the Canary Islands cheeses that have reached the status of legendary. What are we talking about here? Well, a couple of medals at the 2016 World Cheese Awards prove us right.
Although they are an essential part of many recipes, you should try them alone. Raw goat’s milk, natural curdled and medium salted. But the key is, without a doubt, maturation and smoking. Try it! 😋
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Roasted cheese with mojo
The simplest and “pure” recipe for this cheese (apart from eating it raw) would be this: a rather thick slice in the frying pan, double turn, just a little browned, with a little mojo on top.
That’s right, it’s very simple, and there’s the fun. Besides, if you want to complicate it, you can; in fact, there are dozens of variations to eat in La Palma with the same idea: with green mojo or coriander, with palm honey, battered with gofio, accompanied by potatoes
Escacho palmero: the base
The king of local gastronomy. A delicious variation of the most typical recipes of the archipelago you can imagine. An essential element that accompanies every meal. Palm bread? It is much more…
Mix green mojo, boiled potatoes, onion, palmero cheese and gofio in varying amounts. The result is a strong and very tasty dough that serves as a magnificent escort to meats, fish, stews or whatever. There is also a sweet version.
YOU CANNOT MISS: Yes, if you have visited any island in the archipelago you will be aware of what mojo means for Canarian cuisine. But here, mojo cheese (green with goat cheese) is the king. And it tastes as good as it sounds.
The banana: polines and tostones
This is what you must eat in La Palma during your stay. One o those things that, if you’re not canary, you don’t have to anticipate, but then you will realize that it’s the most logical thing in the world. Basically they are green bananas boiled with some mojo and, normally, salted fish.
If this sounds Latin to you, wait till you see the tostones: they are fried slices of green banana to soften them, crushed and refried to make them crumchy. They are served with salt and spices. A great aperitif.
Fried pork rinds are known as chicharrones in many parts of Spain and will not be a novelty for almost anyone coming from the peninsula. Mixing them with gofio is really taking them to another level.
These are the chicharrones palmeros; the evolution made in the Canary Islands of this rustic snack dish. On the island, temperate fish are eaten preferably, and the most sweet-toothed add sugar to the gofio.
For dessert: rapadura and honey soups
The desserts to eat in La Palma do not fit in this article: marquises, Prince Albert, trout, almond cheese, almonds, soul rolls, alférez cheese, suspiros palmeros … so we have chosen a couple of them.
- The rapadura is a mixture of flavored honey caramel, ground almond and gofio, with a lot of variations. You’ll recognize it from its conical shape.
- Among the prestigious palmeros sweets, perhaps honey soups are the most exotic and at the same time the simplest: slices of bread, cane honey and chopped almonds (well, and something else). Sounds like a lifelong snack and it is. And very Carnival.
Bonus track: what to drink
No meal is complete without a drink, is it? This is the essential list of typical drinks from La Palma:
- The wines of La Palma have had a well-deserved prestige for centuries. Without exaggerating. They were preferred by the English in the 16th century and the most exported to America. Pre-phylloxera vines have a unique character.
- Among the island’s oenological peculiarities, two that attract enthusiasts stand out: the Malvasía variety and the tea wine, aged in barrels of this peculiar local wood.
- Sugar is another of La Palma’s traditional crops, so there is also rum here (in San Andrés, and you can visit the mill and distillery).
- The orange mistela is one of those supertypical drinks here. Although everyone has their own recipe, it is basically eau–de-vie, sugar, water, matalahúva, cinnamon and orange and lemon peels.
- Tazacorte has given a gift to the world called coffee liquor. Some people will find another proof of the ancestral connection between Galicia and the Canary Islands here.
In La Palma neither sight, nor hearing, nor touch rest; nor, as you can see, taste and smell, with so much to eat in La Palma. Have we forgotten something essential? If there is something you would like to comment upon, do it here below.
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