Flavors of the Canary Islands

View of a banana plantation in the Canary Islands / Pablo Neustadt - ICEX

View of a banana plantation in the Canary Islands / Pablo Neustadt – ICEX

While September usually marks the onset of changing seasons, cooler weather and a general back-to-business attitude on the Spanish mainland, in other areas of Spain it is possible to close one’s eyes, enjoy fantastic weather year-round and pretend that summer never ended.

Yes, I mean you, Canary Islands!

Spain’s Canary Islands are located off the north coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

Not only are these seven islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro) known for their fabulous scenery, beaches and weather, but they are also known for their fantastic and varying gastronomy and excellent raw products.

Fruits and vegetables (including tropical fruits like bananas, mangos and papayas) abound, as do a range of excellent cheeses (think PDO Queso Majorero and PDO Queso Palmero), and eight different wine-producing Designations of Origin.

Of course these are just a few of the culinary attractions that can be found on these islands, along with many many more reasons to pay them a visit! Find out about these things and more on Foods from Spain.

 

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