Gastronomy of Gran Canaria
21 Ingredients for the Island of Flavours...
A sea of flavours, the product of a melting pot of cultures.
Find out more about the main ingredients of Gran Canaria Cuisine here.
500 years were needed to cook up Gran Canaria’s rich cuisine. Every single year was needed to blend the amalgam of products coming straight from the sea, which were then mixed together with outside culinary influences that dropped anchor at the island’s ports.
Gran Canaria’s gastronomy was born out of its tradition as a great Atlantic port. Travelers from over a hundred countries descended on Gran Canaria, bringing with them the flavours of ten meridians from all around.
The toing and froing of ingredients helps to explain the diversity of the cuisine on the island’s 21 municipalities, ranging from the superb Queso de Flor cheese to sweet potato pasties, wines, sugar cane rum and coffee.
To this, just add the sea, a multimillionaire fertile orchard surrounding the island, providing it with the finest raw materials for cooking.
Gran Canaria’s larder was also in luck. Thanks to its fine climate, it provides a gourmet range of products including tomatoes, apples, olives, tropical fruits, bienmesabe, oranges, sweet bananas and a huge assortment of fresh fish to be found around its local markets. These are just one example of what inquisitive visitors can come across on our island of flavours, a perfect kitchen that brings together fine weather and fine food for the enjoyment of holiday makers.