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The island through its flavours

The island through its flavours

Each journey we make enriches us further, as we increase our wealth of experiences, aromas, sensations and flavours.

The cuisine of each area we visit brings us closer to its culture, its traditions and its land. It’s the universal language that helps us fit into each new place we visit. La Gomera offers us the chance to do just that in a friendly, intimate and delicious way.

Taste, sample, savour and treat yourself to new flavours… which is your favourite?

Here, we present some of our most authentic culinary produce. All the products are made on La Gomera, and you’ll be able to find them in the island’s various restaurants, bars and shops.

 

Almogrote

Almogrote is the island’s culinary speciality and has been delighting us with its intense flavour since ancient times. It’s a blend of cured cheese, pepper, oil and, depending on the recipe, tomato. It also makes an excellent appetiser when served with pan and potatoes. Its delicate spicy hint will please all palates.

Cheese

There’s no excuse for visiting La Gomera and not sampling its cheeses. Made from a base of raw goat’s milk, and sometimes mixed with sheep’s milk, they range from mild-tasting soft cheeses to stronger-flavoured cured cheeses. And when they’re served to you, their handcrafted character will fill your senses to the brim. They can be sampled on their own or along with another dish.

Mojos

Who hasn’t heard of the Canary Island mojos? These traditional sauces can accompany all kinds of dishes. The most popular ones on La Gomera are the pepper mojo (hot or mild) and the aromatic mojo made from coriander or parsley. In many restaurants, they are served with bread as a starter to whet the appetite, but they also accompany a whole range of dishes.

Gofio

This was a staple of the Canary Islanders before the Europeans came to the island. It’s a flour obtained from toasted cereal grains — a natural product that’s very much appreciated for its dietary and nutritional properties.  The gofio from La Gomera is especially sought after due to the different blends of cereals available and its strong flavour.

Miel de Palma (Palm Syrup)

The close bond between the inhabitants of La Gomera and their palm trees is reflected in this excellent product. Unquestionably the queen of Gomeran gastronomy, it’s produced via a laborious process that involves extracting the sap, or guarapo, from palm trees. This sap is then cooked to obtain a dark syrup whose flavour is ideal for making desserts and other dishes. What’s more, it’s a foodstuff that can boast some excellent therapeutic properties, and one that chefs greatly appreciate for its unique qualities.

Jams and sweet preserves

The fruit varieties grown on the island make it possible to produce these very high-quality sweet preserves. These foodstuffs are extremely rich in sugars, fibre, minerals and antioxidants, and they manage to transmit the island’s magical qualities through their textures, aromas and, of course, their flavours. Vegetable versions are also available, such as sweet preserves made from tomato, pumpkin or cabello de ángel (literally angel’s hair, a very fibrous variety of pumpkin).

They are all produced using a natural process that makes them very appetising.

Gomerón

This is a beverage obtained from palm syrup and grape liqueur. It has a strong flavour and is very popular among islanders.

Mistela

This is another ideal after-dinner drink. It’s made with white wine, orange peel and caramelised sugar. Following the maceration process, grape liqueur is also added in order to increase the alcohol content.

Honey

Honey is one of the most famous foodstuffs there is, on account of its nutritional and medicinal properties. And as far as La Gomera is concerned, its beekeepers’ dedication to their craft means that the honey produced here is of a very high quality indeed.

Cakes and pastries

A pastry or cake from La Gomera is an essential souvenir of a visit to the island. They range from biscuits to sponge cakes and all their multiple varieties such astorta de cuajada (a type of bun made with soft cheese), rosquetes (a type of biscuit, usually doughnut-shaped), tortas de vilana (a cake made with almonds and raisins, named after the mould it’s baked in) and many more. Remembering La Gomera through its flavours helps you to relive your experiences on the island.

Wines from La Gomera

We talked in depth about La Gomera’s wines in a previous article. It’s a world that demonstrates our island’s unique character and a tradition that allows you to absorb its culture. Savouring the wines of La Gomera is an essential part of any visit to the island.

Leche asada

This dessert, a type of baked custard, is made throughout the Canary Island archipelago, but on La Gomera, the addition of palm syrup raises it to a delicatessen standard.

Potaje de Berros (Watercress stew)

A large bunch of watercress, a gently heated pot and a few other ingredients go to make this dish that’s so very characteristic of the Canary Islands in general and of La Gomera in particular. If you get the chance to savour it on the island, especially on a cold day, it will, as they say, “gladden your heart”.

…well, they do say that La Gomera’s cuisine is its best kept secret.

 Go whet your appetite, and don’t forget to give everything a try!

 Remember! Whenever you’re buying one of the products, check to see whether it has the Alimentos de La Gomera trademark. This quality label guarantees that the product is traditional, and that it originates from, and is made exclusively on, the island of La Gomera.