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Local Cuisine, Barbados

Known for its variety, Bajan cuisine contains a mixture of African, Indian, British and Creole influences, famed for its spicy combinations of fresh lime juice, thyme, chilli peppers and parsley. The national dish of Barbados is cou-cou and flying fish, which is delicious and can be fried, steamed or pickled.

Other traditional dishes here include, Pudding and Souse (pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes), fried plantain, pepper pot (a delicious meat stew), mahi-mahi fish, pickled green bananas, pumpkin fritters, macaroni pie, baked chicken, as well as shrimps, lobsters and crabs all served with hot side dishes and a salad.

If you have a sweet tooth, you will love the wonderful desserts which typically include fresh fruit. Enjoy banana, figs, mangos, ackee and golden apples, bread pudding with traditional Bajan rum sauce, guava cheese (which is similar to fudge and toffee) and the locals’ favourite – coconut bread, a pastry filled with raisins, cherries and fresh coconut. Last but not least, you must try a Bajan Rum Punch to wash all that delicious food down.