Adventure Package: Canary Islands
Soups are a mainstay for Canarians, using potatoes, meat, fish, chick peas, and thick noodles.
Cuisine of the Canary Islands is simple and rich (which may be the result of the islands’ long geographical isolation). The aboriginal inhabitants (Guanches) also greatly influenced the foods while Latin American cuisine also became a part of Canarian cooking after the 20th Century migration of Canarians to Latin America.
Simplicity of ingredients and cooking style is key. Gofio, roasted wheat or corn, is an ingredient that resembles ordinary flour. It is highly versatile and can be added to soups, stews, desserts, ice cream and sauces as a thickening agent. Mojo is a mainstay sauce, called rojo when served with red meats and verde when served with fish. Rojo pican is made from dried red peppers and Mojo Verde is made from coriander, cilantro or parsley.
Local cheeses are common, but goat cheese is the favorite spread. Tapas (enyesques) are also big here as you would expect in a Spanish-influenced culture. Papas Arrugadas, “wrinkled potatoes” are a popular side dish consisting of small potatoes boiled in salt water until soft, leaving the potatoes with wrinkles and a salty crust.
Soups are a mainstay for Canarians, with potajes (chunky vegetable soups with potatoes) and caldo de pescado (fish soup using grouper, dentex or wreckfish) and a hearty rancho canario (chick peas, lard, thick noodles, potatoes and meat) available for the adventuresome. Abundant local fish are often oven-roasted, fried or marinated in a number of different sauces. Meats include pork, chicken, rabbit and goat and are often mixed together while rabbit stew is traditional and marinated in coriander sauce.
Bienmesabe is a common and oh-so tasty almond-cream dessert is made of honey, ground almonds, cinnamon, and egg yolks. Delicious when served with cat’s tongue cookies. Try your hand at these authentic recipes paired with the featured wines from the Canary Islands!
The International Gourmet Adventure Package from Canary Islands includes the following items:
• Mojo Pican - Mar de Nube
• Set of 4 Artisanal Salts - Mar de Nube
• Marmelada de Cactus - Mar de Nube
• Dulce de Platano - Bodegas Platé
• Crema del Vinagre al Maracuya - Bodegas Platé
• Chocolate Covered Almond Trio - Lava Chocolate
Enjoy these authentic Canary Island products with the featured wines from three fantastic wineries, El Grifo, Hernandez Pio, and Bodegas El Lomo for the full experience of the Canary Islands! Read more about the Products and Artisans below.
International wines sold separately.
Mar de Nube
Translated as “Sea of Clouds”, this small business offers the flavors and aromas of the Canarian culinary tradition, with handmade products and the commitment to use their own natural resources. Their fruits and vegetables come from the island’s fields and are harvested at optimal ripeness to extract their best qualities and guarantees their fullest flavor.
The small factory, in the town of Tegueste, is in the countryside of the island of Tenerife. The history and tradition of this town and the close proximity with the farmers make these products possible, handcrafted by experienced hands and treated with loving care in their packaging.
• Mojo Picon
• Set of 4 Artisanal Salts
• Marmelada de Cactus
Located in Tegueste, Tenerife, Canary Islands
At Bodegas Platé, the banana is king. Located in a rugged portion in Northern Tenerife, Bodegas Platé makes the first and only Canary Island banana wine, as well as various vinegars and pulp creams made from - you guessed it - bananas! They also use fresh mangos, blackberries, passion fruit, red peppers, and more. They also produce a banana candy that is unique in the world. The wine is produced in either a dry or sweet style.
Their ever-innovative use of the yellow fruit starts at the very beginning. As one of the main island exports, all of the bananas used are ones that are usually thrown away due to size, superficial damage to the peel or loose bananas.
• Dulce de Platano
• Crema del Vinagre al Maracuya
Located in El Sauzal, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Lava Chocolate is located in the Northwestern area on the island of Tenerife. It was created in 1998 by a local visionary whose dream was to share the expressive and special flavors of the volcanic land that make up the Canary Islands. The islands themselves have been the #1 source of inspiration throughout the years and is reflected through their wide range of delicious products.
The island of Tenerife became home to their chocolate factory, crafting 100% handmade treats. With help from an expert chocolatier, their artisan chocolates are made with the best quality ingredients and packed with lots and lots of love. We hope you enjoy one of their best-selling items!
• Chocolate Almond Trio (Dark, Milk & White Chocolate)
Located in Taco, Tenerife, Canary Islands