Traditional delicious Canarian dishes and Tenerife's Viticulture
The Canarian kitchen is influenced by different cultures. As you might expect, there are Spanish influences of course. But especially the influences by the South American culture play a big role in the typical Canarian kitchen. A reason for that is, that a lot of South Americans as well as Africans live in Tenerife. It's a known fact that Tenerife is closer to the African continent than to its actual country Spain, which is 1000km away.
Papas Arrugadas with Mojo Sauce
A typical Canarian side dish, which you can find almost everywhere. Papas Arrugadas are wrinkly potatoes that have been cooked in very salty water an then have a salt crust. It comes with 2 types of sauces. The green Mojo sauce or the red one. The sauces mainly consist of oil, a little bit of vinegar and garlic. The green Mojo also contains coriander or parsley, while the red Mojo contains paprika and chilli.
Garbanzas are chickpeas that, combined with chorizo, make a delicious soup. Especially the locals love this dish and often eat it as a starter.
It's another dish that contains chickpeas. The other ingredients are a lot of meat and vegetables such as maize, cabbaage, squash and sweet potatoes. The vegetables with the meat are usually eaten as a main course, while the broth makes a dellicious soup.
Rabbit meat is a Canarian speciality. For the Conejo Salmorejo, the rabbit is put into a marinade consisting of wine, vinegar, oil and several spices. The marinade makes a great sauce.
Fish and Seafod
Due to the fact that Tenerife is an island, it's quite obvious that fish is also part of the typical Canarian food. Squids and seafood such as prawns, mussels and crabs belong to the Canarian kitchen.
For centuries, the viticulture has played a big role in Tenerife. It has its roots in the end of the 15th century, when wine has already been exported to the mainland. Today the export of Canarian wines is a rather neglected economic factor. A reason for that is, that on the Spanish mainland there is more acreage, which makes it possible to produce wine much cheaper but with a comparable quality. Besides, the demand on the island itself has increased, due to the growing tourism. But in the foreseeable future, the viticulture is likely to play a more important role. That's beacuse of the reductions in the banana subventions by the EU, which make the banana cultivation more and more unprofitable. Soon, people won't have a chance against cheap products from South America. Then, at the latest, most banana plantations will change into vineyards. In recent years, several regions such as La Orotava, Güimar, Arica and Tacoronte-Acentejo have received a registered designation of origin.