The most typical fruits and vegetables in Canarian gastronomy


The Canary Islands stand out for their natural wealth by offering tourists and locals the best spaces and landscapes to relax and rest on islands like Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura. This natural wealth is also reflected in the Canarian gastronomy, one of its best-kept secrets, so you cannot stop try it when you visit this archipelago so special.

Do you want to eat in a healthy way? The history of Canarian gastronomy stands out for the use of a diversity of tropical fruits and vegetables such as avocado and mango, as well as for its fish that are typical of the region. On the islands, you can enjoy a delicious meal without giving up taking care of your health and well-being.

In this article, we will show you some of the most delicious and healthy dishes of Canarian gastronomy.

Do you want to enjoy the healthiest Canarian gastronomy?

The gastronomy of the Canary Islands is distinguished by its peculiar features that represent a sample of the historical and cultural memory of its people. The archipelago produces a wide variety of vegetables such as potatoes, which are usually essential for preparing roasts, stews and, of course, the traditional wrinkled potatoes.

Likewise, it should be mentioned that tomato, millet or corn, sweet potatoes, plantains, and yams are used in Canarian gastronomy, which constitute a true mark of the identity of these extraordinary islands.

On the other hand, we cannot forget the fruits, which are ideal as desserts or to enjoy a light snack. The most common are Canarian banana, mangoes, figs, papayas, paraguayan, custard apples, peaches, and avocados.

So between the most emblematic dishes of Canarian gastronomy that are also quite healthy, we can highlight the following:

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1. Wrinkled potatoes with mojo

Wrinkled potatoes with the mojo are one of the most recognized dishes of the Canarian gastronomy, distinguished by its exquisite flavour. There is a great variety of types of mojo, but the most common on the islands are red mojo, which has as its base ingredient the bell pepper, and coriander and parsley green mojo.


In this sense, the wrinkled potatoes acquire this name since at first they were cooked with seawater and due to the dehydrating action of the salt, they wrinkle. Cooking in salt or seawater gives wrinkled potatoes a unique flavour and texture. Mojo, on the other hand, is a typical sauce that is used as an accompaniment to a wide variety of recipes.

It is currently one of the most recognized dishes of Canarian gastronomy, which in addition to being eaten as a starter, has the possibility of being used as a garnish with meat and fish.

2. Canarian Ranch

If you are a lover of stews, this can be an excellent option for Canarian gastronomy, since it is a dish very similar to Madrid stew, distinguished by its variety of ingredients such as pork, chicken, thick noodles, cabbage, potatoes, carrots or chickpeas, among others.

Although there is no single recipe and on the contrary, there are many variations in the preparation of the Canarian ranch, this dish will always have vegetables like potatoes and carrots, which accompany and enhance the flavour of meat.


3. Sancocho

This is one of the most consumed dishes by locals and tourists from the Canary Islands and is usually accompanied by a good mojo and gofio pella. Although it is not prepared in the same way, in all areas of the archipelago, its base is made up of potatoes and fish, usually meat, but sweet potatoes can also be added.

4. Watercress stew

For those who have a predilection for vegetables, they cannot fail to try this typical dish of Canarian gastronomy, which in addition to watercress includes pineapple or corn on the cob, carrots, onions, squash, garlic, salt, spices, among other ingredients, which are accompanied with pieces of pork rib.

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5. Canarian stew

This is one of the most traditional dishes of the Canary Islands, being ideal for those who love meat and vegetables.

Among the ingredients of the Canarian stew, we must highlight beef and pork, which will acquire a special flavor in contrast to potatoes, carrots, zucchini, chickpeas, chicken, pineapple, corn cob, cabbage, chorizo, beans, among other ingredients.

6. Escaldón de Gofio

This is a typical Canarian dish that uses gofio as a base, which is flour made of corn or roasted millet. To prepare this meal, knead the flour and add fish broth, some potatoes chopped into small strokes and if you want, some pieces of onion.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura?

If you have decided to visit Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura, but you still do not have a place to stay and try the best Canarian gastronomy, you can do so in the wonderful hotels of the Lopesan Group, which are located in the most popular tourist destinations of these islands.

We also have recognitions for hosting some of the best restaurants and bars on these islands, as in the case of the Akara del Lopesan Baobab Resort, as well as services for entertainment and relaxation, which have been designed with the aim of guaranteeing you the greatest comfort and making you feel at home.

If you want to know more about our services, visit our website and contact us. We will be happy to give answers to your different doubts and questions.



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