Like many of the islands that call the Caribbean home, St. Lucia bares an eclectic cultural heritage which in turn has produced an even more diverse and fascinating local cuisine. With a combination of British, Indian, French and native islander influences, the food in St. Lucia is a true melting pot of cultures and flavors. Read on to learn about some of the most delicious food you’ll find in St. Lucia!
Green figs and saltfish
Meet St. Lucia’s national dish: green figs and saltfish. This national delicacy, made with green bananas and saltfish, has been a fixture in St. Lucian cuisine for over a century. The dish is prepared by peeling and boiling the bananas- referred to as figs by locals- then mixing them with cod. Like much of the food on the island, the final dish is seasoned with an assortment of herbs and spices, a nod to its rich Indian and British heritage. Be sure to try this dish around town while staying at The Harbor Club!
If you couldn’t tell, St. Lucians love their saltfish. Accra is an island breakfast staple, made of fried saltfish and served as thin, flavorful cakes. No accra is complete without an assortment of herbs and spices, leaving you with a breakfast that packs a punch! While having a traditional St. Lucian accra in the morning will be a breakfast likely spicier and saltier than you may have ever had, it’s an absolute essential when visiting.
St. Lucians love their soups, and callaloo soup is no exception. The star ingredient of this dish are callaloo leaves, a spinach-like leaf commonly found across the Caribbean. The recipe’s origins trace back to West Africa, and is made of callaloo leaves, okra, coconut milk, onions, potatoes and garlic. You’ll find this often served with most seafood dishes (think: lobster), and even alongside some seasoned meat as well.
Another essential St. Lucian culinary staple, you’ll find breadfruit all over the island and served in a multitude of ways. While it may say “fruit” in its name, don’t be fooled- this Caribbean fruit has a taste profile more aligned with potatoes, although slightly sweeter and starchier in taste. Typically you’ll find breadfruit prepared stuffed or boiled, and served alongside a mayonnaise dip or spicy sauce.
If you’re looking for a hearty soup dish rich in flavor and history, bouyon is just for you. This local favorite is made with red beans, meat, ground provisions and vegetables. Essentially a stew, this dish is incredibly popular in many Caribbean nations, and will surely hit the spot!