If you’re one of those individuals who’s won over by their taste buds, Central America and the Dominican Republic should be your next destination. Nowadays, gastronomy has become essential to enhance the experience of visiting a country or geographical region, making it even more rewarding and culturally enriching. Therefore, when you combine the area’s history, nature, and climate with the exquisite gastronomic flavours it offers, located in the heart of the American continent, you’ll have an extraordinary ‘culinary masterpiece’ on your plate.
Like other natural and cultural elements, Central American and Dominican Republic cuisine is marked by the fusion of indigenous, European, and African cultures. This fusion produces a rich combination of influences and nuances, making their cuisine diverse and captivating. The geographical location, diverse topography, and climatic variations contribute to a wide variety and abundance of ingredients.
Thanks to its indigenous cultivation, Maize constitutes a fundamental element in the culinary heritage of the pre-Hispanic peoples of Mesoamerica who once inhabited the region. It serves as a common thread throughout the cuisines of all the countries. In addition to Maize, you’ll find various products, including yucca, black and red beans, peanuts, rice, chillies, avocado, cocoa, pineapple, coconut, and many others. The essence of Central American cuisine also resides in using a diverse range of spices that maintain their botanical origins, contributing to the rich blend of flavours that will allow you to savour its varied gastronomy fully.
Enchiladas, jocón, or beans with chicharrón from Guatemala; pupusas, the quintessential dish of El Salvador; ‘la bandera’ from the Dominican Republic (rice, beans, and meat); “chimole”, tamales, “pozol”, and panuchos from Belize; “baho” from Nicaragua; sancocho from Panama; fried fish with slices of green plantain and pickles from Honduras; or potato and meat picadillo from Costa Rica, represent just a glimpse of the delectable delights that await you. Bon appétit!