Local food on Tenerife: tips for foodies and gourmets

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Local food on Tenerife: tips for foodies and gourmets

Frankfurt / Santa Cruz de Tenerife, August 3, 2022. The trend towards local food, that is, regional food and traditional methods of preparation, has been increasing for years. As a response to the ongoing globalization and industrialization of our food, it reflects many consumers’ yearning for nature, authenticity and quality. Even on holidays, consumers increasingly prefer products of regional origin that are closely related to “terroir” and the people who produce them, at least as a contribution to climate protection, regional development and the promotion of local agriculture. Tenerife restaurateurs and creative chefs have focused on the culinary “treasures of the island” for years.

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The traditional “butchero canario” stew made with vegetables and meat, nutritious dishes made with juvio flour, tropical bananas as a Canary crop, and the famous herb-rich mojo sauces for potatoes or curly fish: traditional dishes made the island cuisine of Tenerife famous and will do so too is still appreciated today . But just as in this country, the tastes and requirements of the locals and guests have changed, and thus the gastronomy of the largest Canary Island has continuously evolved over the past ten years. Today, young and creative chefs and chefs spice up traditional recipes with plenty of knowledge and love for the product – whether in simple Tasca dishes or four-star restaurants with a total of five Michelin stars on the Canary Island.

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Potato: Don Juan Bautista brought the first potatoes to the island about 400 years ago, growing in Icod del Altoa. Today, 29 known species with a designation of origin DO (Denominación de Origen) grow in Tenerife. They are true gastronomic gems, and the curly little potatoes, the arugada papas, are particularly well known and popular. It is usually served with a garlic and chili sauce called mojo rojo or as an accompaniment to meat dishes.

wine: The highest wine-growing area in Europe is located around the town of Vilaflor at about 1,500 metres. The fertile volcanic soil gives the fruits of the vines grown there a special character and a very unique spectrum of nuances. Tenerife has five DO regions that guarantee the high quality of the island’s wines: Abona, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Valle de Güimar, Valle de Orotava and Ycoden-Daute-Isora. Among the dry wines that are especially appreciated are white grapes such as Listan Blanco, Albilo or Verdello, but also wines made from Malvasia grapes, both cultivars and coffe. Internationally, Tenerife wines are highly regarded and appreciated in many competitions.

the banana: More than just a regular banana, the canary fruit is the only one of its kind to bear the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) seal. This award stands for its uniqueness and outstanding quality. Thanks to its sweet taste and high nutritional value, it is not only popular in the Canary Islands. Of course, there is also a variety of other tropical fruits of excellent quality on the island.

Govio: The possible uses for gofio flour are endless, as it consists of roasted beans and is available in a variety of forms. Gofio mixed with milk is usually eaten for breakfast, but many desserts or side dishes also contain gofio. Due to complex carbohydrates and many minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium, Gofio is an excellent source of energy and therefore a healthy product with the best properties for athletes.

the cheese: The traditional Tenerife cheese is usually made from goat’s milk and is one of the island’s signature appetizers. Whether it is cream cheese or air-dried, the product is distinguished by its delicate texture and particularly light aroma with a light citrusy and salty note. Some Tenerife cheeses have even received international awards for their exceptional taste.

Honey: Tenerife is famous for its aromatic honey. The island has some unique species in the world because it is produced by bees that collect nectar and pollen from the flowers of endemic plants. Very distinctive varieties are Ted’s broom honey and Tagine honey, which are obtained at an altitude of more than 1500 meters.

the fish: The waters around Tenerife offer a wide variety of fish, making it the natural source of high quality “Kilometer 0” products. There are red bream, wreck fish, vegas, tuna, sardines, grouper, and many more. Vega is served with mashed potatoes and canary mojo sauce and fish broth is used to prepare escaldon, a very popular typical dish made from kneaded gofio. So the ideal plan is to enjoy the treasures of the sea at sunset at one of the seaside resorts.

the meat: Meat is also a popular meal in the Canary Islands. The most popular types of meat are goat, rabbit and black pig. This type of meat can be found in any traditional restaurant, but also in fine-dining restaurants that offer all these local products.

Four examples of restaurants with high standards and a sense of tradition

Local produce, such as fresh pork from the family-run farm and local wine, are among the specialties at El Bodegón El Barranquillo, along with grilled chicken and onion cod. The restaurant in La Orotava raises its own breed of pigs, “Cochino Blanco Canario”. To ensure that the facilities also meet all health requirements, they are regularly checked by veterinarians and experts. The wine is home grown in Las Suertes, an area in the Valle de La Orotava.

La Tasquita de Mami is a family restaurant that uses typical high-quality products and traditional recipes with a modern twist. It is located in a unique corner north of Tenerife, in an old Canary house belonging to the municipality of Tacoronte. The values ​​of the restaurant are reflected in the quality of the products, the variety of wines and the care that is taken in the work.

This restaurant has been awarded the Solete Repso, an award for ‘restaurants with charm’.

Black potato gnocchi with cream of rockfish, white garlic with pine nuts, Uga salmon and seasonal asparagus – Chef Bruno Lorenzo expresses himself in his own creative way at Jardines. Guests can enjoy carefully prepared dishes, and the attention to detail is also reflected in the restaurant’s interior design. In addition to the impressive menu, excellent service and excellent wine list, guests experience a delicious journey with traditional cuisine in a contemporary setting. Jardin Restaurant is located on the Costa Adeje golf course in the luxurious Royal Garden Villas & Spa Resort.

Overlooking the sea at sunset while enjoying high quality dishes, it is pure holiday. Donaire’s culinary philosophy in Costa Adeje is based on fresh, regional produce from local small-scale producers and fishermen. The restaurant is located on the fourth floor of the 5-star GF Victoria and features not only a sumptuous menu but also a panoramic view of the coast.

‘The Stars’: Excellent Gastronomy and Award-Winning Cuisine in Tenerife

The Tenerife sky is not only known for its cleanliness and clarity for stargazing. Stars can also be found in great restaurants and chefs. The island boasts a total of five Michelin stars, making it one of the leading island cuisines in the country. Award-winning restaurants are the two-star MB (Martín Berasategui) and the one-star Kabuki (both at the Ritz-Carlton Abama), as well as the one-star El Rincón de Juan Carlos (Royal Hideaway Corales Suites) and the one-star Nub (Hotel Bahia del Duque). For both of them.

The family-run El Rincón de Juan Carlos in La Caleta combines local and international ingredients to create new flavours. In the words of Chef Juan Carlos: “El Rincón de Juan Carlos is a logical, enlightened and coherent cuisine, in which the guest can clearly perceive the flavors, without subtle techniques, tricks or presentations that detract from the essence … Court An experienced chef could not get a star Another Michelin for Tenerife, but also a star on Gran Canaria.With a twelve-course tasting menu and gorgeous sunsets, gourmets can enjoy their palate here.

Interested parties can find more tips on gastronomy in Tenerife on the web at Turismo de Tenerife: www.webtenerife.de

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