Haiti’s national cuisine – famous dishes, drinks and delicacies

The cuisine of Haiti has absorbed the cooking traditions of Spain, France, Africa and the Caribbean itself, modified according to the island conditions, these traditions represent the Haitian cuisine today.

It is characterized by the presence of hot spices, it is difficult to find a dish in which hot peppers are not added. Love for fish. Abundance of fruits: pineapple, grapefruit, sapotilla, orange, kalemite (a type of citrus fruit), lemon, avoca (a type of pear), passion fruit, mango, coconut.

A special distinction is the mixing of difficult-to-match ingredients in one dish, like herring and pear. The traditional menu constantly includes beans, millet, rice, and grains.

Haiti's national cuisine
Haiti’s national cuisine

After hearing horror stories about poverty in the republic, one might get the impression that there is nothing to eat in Haiti, but that is not the case, especially for tourists. Although the tourist infrastructure leaves much to be desired, nevertheless, foreigners have a decent place to eat, contrary to opinion, such places are not only in hotels. It is interesting that Haitians love fish, cook it well in different variations, but do not know how to catch it.

In the fisherman’s arsenal, the only and not the most convenient way is to put in the water baskets with a narrow entrance (muzzle), from which the fish can not find its way out. The fixture is put in place for several days. Restaurants cook and stores sell fish from Brazil or Norway, but you can’t buy Haitian.

Haiti is not an agricultural country, so more than 80% of the food is imported. The stores sell mostly canned foods, almost all canned foods are imported from America.

People who are used to being able to buy black bread, different kinds of buns and milk in a store in Haiti have a hard time, there are somehow no such products here, and real milk is a non-existent commodity, there is only a semblance made from a dried mixture. When you fly to Haiti, do not take with you only what you will eat on the way, because the customs will take away both bananas and buns – it is not allowed.

Some traditional foods. Grio – fried meat marinated with onions and peppers in lime juice with a vegetable side dish that includes bananas. Sancocho – meat assortment in broth with vegetables. Tasso de dende – smoked turkey. Cabri – roasted goat meat.

Haiti's national cuisine

Aubernier à la hautienne – roasted beef with eggplant. As for bananas, they are not sweet – Platans, a special variety that has the same importance and use in the Caribbean region as potatoes do in Europe. Such bananas are rich in starch, fried, boiled – all the procedures done with potatoes are possible with them.

Some traditional dishes. Grio is roasted meat marinated with onions and peppers in lime juice and garnished with vegetables and bananas. Sancocho – meat assortment in broth with vegetables. Tasso de dende – smoked turkey. Cabri – roasted goat meat. Aubernier à la hautienne – roasted beef with eggplant.

As for bananas, they are not sweet – Platans, a special variety that has the same importance and use in the Caribbean region as potatoes do in Europe. Such bananas are rich in starch, fried, boiled – all the procedures done with potatoes are possible with them.

Haitian rum is valued not only in its country, but also abroad and has won many international awards. One of the famous producers is the Jane Barbancourt distillery in Port-au-Prince.

The sugar cane is grown here on the island, which also adds flavor characteristics to the resulting spirits. On the basis of rum liqueurs are made, rum is the basis for almost all cocktails mixed in local bars.

The Haitian beer “Prestige” is very popular among the population; more than 40 kinds are produced.

Haiti's national cuisine

Where and what to try Haitian sweets. Try the hot chocolate A la Haiti or simply – a la Haiti, cinnamon, lime, badjan, vanilla, condensed milk create a unique taste, which is difficult to repeat, not knowing the ratio of ingredients.

In Pétion-Ville, Patisserie Marie Beliard makes fresh croissants and pear nectar every morning and always has an ample selection of pastries, cakes, cookies and desserts.

For a heartier meal, the Pentionville guide recommends

Chicken Fiesta. Don’t neglect the advice, the main chicken dishes are delicious – in soup, grilled, pizza or otherwise, the chicken is very satisfying.

If you want little pepper, ask, the chef will make it to your liking. Are there any fast-food restaurants in Haiti of the usual European kind? Of course there are.

One option is Epi d’Or in Port-au-Prince, the type of cuisine is American fast food. It’s fast, inexpensive, and offers a smorgasbord of dishes in addition to individual dishes.

Many unpleasant words are said about Haiti, some true, some exaggerated and even invented, but the fact remains – in a number of cities there is sufficient tourist infrastructure for a normal holiday, and it provides a tasty and quality food. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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