While tourists in St Lucia tend to stick to hotel restaurants with their international menus, the advantage of owning your own property in St Lucia is that you will have the time and opportunity to really immerse yourself in the delicious, authentic local cuisine. |
St Lucian Cuisine
A mouth-watering combination of West Indian, French and British influences, traditional St Lucian cuisine uses locally grown herbs and spices to create distinctive, flavourful dishes. The main ingredients tend to include fresh seafood with locally grown fruits and vegetables, such as the distinctive breadfruit or the spinach-like callaloo.
The national dish of St Lucia is the deceptively named, ‘green figs and salt fish’. The ‘green figs’ are actually unripe bananas, which are fried with garlic, onions, celery and peppers and then combined with the salt fish. Street food in St Lucia often includes bakes, a plain flour bun that is either baked or fried, then covered with sugar and jam for a sweet treat or filled with meat or fish for a savoury snack.
Miss Anna’s Hot Pepper Sauce
Whichever St Lucian culinary treat you decide to try, and with your own property in St Lucia you’ll have the time to try them all, if you want to look like an authentic St Lucian you’ll need to add a good splash of Miss Anna’s Hot Pepper Sauce.
This hugely popular local sauce combines all the flavours St Lucian’s love: mustard, curry, garlic and, of course, habanero peppers.
While the bottle may boast the words ‘product of the US Virgin Islands’, locals in St Lucia claim this sauce as their own because it was based on a recipe Miss Anna’s St Lucian grandfather created on the island before his granddaughter moved to the Virgin Islands.
For most St Lucian’s no meal is complete without a splash of the spicy sauce, adding it to everything from the street food, like the fish sandwiches called ‘shark and bake’, to homemade macaroni pie.
Where to Go For Authentic St Lucian Food
Use your property in St Lucia as a base from which to explore the rich culinary culture of the island. Markets are a great place to get your hands on local food and you’ll be surprised how good it is. Just don’t forget to bring your bottle of Miss Anna’s with you.
• Gros Islet Friday-Night Jump-Up – An open air food market for locals and tourists with fresh chicken, pork and seafood all cooked on open barbecues • Anse la Raye Seafood Friday – This weekly seafood festival is held in the fishing village Anse la Raye, where locals cook up the catch of the day • Castries Market – The covered market in Castries has stalls serving delicious rotis to passing market goers
Adam Gobat is a renowned expert on the Caribbean, with a passion for its culture, history, people and places. His indepth local knowledge and wealth of experience in luxury property in St Lucia, are key to the marketing and sales of the luxury villas and penthouses in The Landings, one of the most desirable freehold beachfront developments in the Caribbean.
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