I recently came back from vacationing in The Bahamas and I fell in love with the local cuisine! The fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood made my vacation a Pescatarain heaven! Aside from the crystal clear ocean with white sand beaches, their food would draw me back for more.
Below are some simple, fresh, local, Bahamaian ingredients. They should be on your must-try food list when you are in The Bahamas.
Soursop (Annona muricata)- aka Graviola
This evergreen fruit are all over The Bahamas. They are commonly grown in the Caribbean and Latin America. They look like a big kiwi fruit with bigger thorns on the skin.
Nutritionally, soursop is low in sodium,while rich in fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. It also have good amount of vitamin B1 and B3. The fruit also have some purported anti-cancer benefits. See link for detailed nutritional info.
Sweet with a slight tangy taste, you can enjoy them as a refreshing drink or simply dig into the juicy fruit raw. In The Bahamas, I see a lot of them served as a sorbet (my favorite way to eat the fruit).
Stone Crab Claws
Another popular food in The Bahamas are the Stone Crab Claws. These crabs are sustainable (according to NOAA FishWatch) and can regenerate their claws. Fishermen usually take one claw from the crab while returning the crab back into the water for them to regenerate. They are harvested fresh from October to May, but are readily available frozen at most local restaurants all season long.
Stone Crab claws have a sweet taste, very meaty compared to other types of crabs. You can enjoy the claws cold (with a little bit of a tangy sauce) or warm with some butter and lemon.
Nutritionally, they are a good source of protein, vitamin B6, selenium, and magnesium.
Another delicious food that is popular in The Bahamas is the grouper. While there are a lot of different variety of groupers, The Bahamas have a type of local grouper called Nassau grouper, common throughout most parts of the Caribbean.
I have seen this dish prepared one of three ways, broiled, grilled or fried. It is very sweet and tender, not at all “fishy” in its taste. I would recommended it for seafood and non-seafood lovers alike. My favorite version of this dish is the blackened grouper, which is a grilled grouper cooked with Cajun spice. It adds a smokiness to the taste….yummm
Groupers are large fish and a good source of protein and omega 3. It is also rich in vitamin B6, B12, folate, magnesisum, potassium and selenium. See here for detailed nutrition info.