One of the most pleasurable aspects of travel has to be experiencing the local cuisine. Yes, I know fish and chips or the ubiquitous pizzas are great once in a while but you miss out on an essential aspect of a country if you don’t at least give the local food a try while visiting or living our Island.
Perhaps unsuprisingly the staple food on Fuerteventura is fish, with an (almost) endless supply caught locally, it is available almost everywhere. It is often salted (known locally as pejines) or cooked in a stew called sancocho, generally using grouper fish or perhaps sama or corvina fish, usually accompanied by Papas Arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) and some salad, perfect for the climate, especially when washed down with some chilled rose wine.
Papas Arrugadas are new potaotes that are bioled in salted water - traditionally seawater - and when they are cooked, they are drained and then left to cook further until the salt in the water crystallises and the skins wrinkle.
These are traditionally served with Mojo sauces. Often the green mojo is a garlicky version and the red one spicy. Both are delicious!
Tomatoes grow easily on the island and there is an abundance of locally grown bananas, olives and oranges available in shops and markets…and let’s not forget the wonderful tapas dishes on offer when dining out on the island.
Pork is the most popular meat and is very reasonable, as is chicken. Much of the steak on the island comes from Argentina and is shipped here deep chilled, so it is generally very good quality. One of the staple dishes is Ropa Vieja (Old Clothes), which is a stew of chickpeas, meat and vegetables.
When it comes to desserts, flan is the big favourite - this is very like creme caramel. Another popular one is bienmesabe, a mixture of honey, almond cream, eggs and rum. Another traditional island food is gofio, which is a toasted flour and often used in desserts.
Fuerteventura is famous for its goat's cheese, which is not as strong as the circular french version. It comes in three versions, curado, which is mature, semi-curado which is a firm cheese cured for a short time, and tierno, which is fresher and more moist.
There is a wide variety of international restaurants on the isalnd, from fish and chips to Indian and Chinese. Italian eateries are abundant and many will make their own pasta and have stone oven baked pizzas.
Take a look at our Restaurant Reviews for a guide to some of the best eateries on the island. or if you want to cook some dishes yourself see our recipes from local chefs and readers