Food lovers who will visit Tenerife, Spain would surely not be disappointed with what the island has to offer. With mostly made from scratch, Tenerife’s simple cuisines are all bursting with flavour!
Among its famous cuisines is the papas arrugadas which literally means wrinkled potatoes. Done by simply cooking small potatoes – still with their skins on – in salted water, the dish is then served with a sauce known to the island as “mojo”.
A combination of various spices and herbs such as, saffron, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, paprika, basil, and cumin, mojo is no doubt an essential part of every food scene in Tenerife. So don’t wonder if you notice every restaurants and households in the city have their own mojo recipes.
Aside from mojo, another essential ingredient to a Tenerife cuisine is gofio canario. A locally produced flour, gofio canario is produced by grinding sweet corn that is roasted and other toasted grains. Nutritious and delicious, the flour can be added to almost any food – from desserts to coffees to sausages and stews!
Tenerife cuisines reflect the island’s North African, Portuguese and Spanish influences. Aside from the delicacies mentioned above, the island is also known for its puchero Canario, which is a filling stew made of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cabbage, beef and pork. Another favourite dish in the island is the papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), which is prepared simply by boiling potatoes in water with salt. This food can be likened to mashed potatoes as it is served accompanying other delicacies.
As part of the Canary Islands, Tenerife cuisines feature a unique blend of the island’s traditional foods and its international influences. Many of these dishes are served in Canarian restaurants – so order one while in the city. If you have time though, you can also try to prepare them yourself to give you hands-on experience cooking in the island.