Gastronomy of Costa Rica

Continuing with my culinary recommendations that I am writing this week, today I would like to talk about the gastronomy of Costa Rica, a country where you can find countless places and activities of interest. Its cuisine is a tasty mix of indigenous, Spanish and African cuisines, but also with elements from other European and Asian countries.

Among the indigenous ingredients are corn, Beans, yucca, ayote, chayote, augacate, peanuts, cocoa, guava, sweet chili, achiote or meliponini honey. They are all part of numerous dishes. Its gastronomy is usually divided into 3 regions, that of the Central Valley, Guanacaste and Limón, the most important regions of the country and that each one has its own own dishes although also others in common. Take note of the highlights of the gastronomy of Costa Rica:

Gastronomy of the Central Valley: the most typical dishes are the casado (boiled rice with beans and sweet plantain that is garnished in meats or salads), gallo pinto (rice and black or red beans, also as a garnish or complement), rice with seafood, meat pot , patacones, corn tortilla or meatball soup.

Guanacaste gastronomy: Meat is also very important here, being barbecue very popular anywhere in this region. Corn is also in numerous dishes such as pinolillo, corn atol, picadillo de chilote or perrerreques.

Limón gastronomy: Its cuisine is a clear indigenous influence with contributions from the Jamaican and the Chinese. Coconut, Panamanian chili, bananas, tropical fruits, fish and chicken are widely used. Among the most typical dishes are plantain tart (sweet empanadas with banana and coconut), rondón (fish soup with coconut milk) or chicken curry.

Drinks: Very important in any gastronomy and that in this country the most popular in lunches and dinners is the so-called “fresco”, a drink made with fruit, water, sugar and ice. Guaro is the most popular liquor in the country (a kind of brandy) and the most drunk beers are Lager and Pilsen. At Christmas Rompope is usually drunk, a mixture of egg, vanilla, cinnamon, ground almonds, sugar, milk and liquor.


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