First time to the tropics and not sure what to expect? Look no further! We’ve put together some tips to help discover the delight of traditional Costa Rican food.
Fruit & Vegetables – so fresh and so clean
Costa Rica has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which make for a healthy and rounded diet. Depending on the season, you can find mangos, pineapples, watermelons, melons, guanabana (soursop), guabas and passion fruit so you won’t be short of fruit to eat. Or you can do as Ticos (local term for a Costa Rican!) do and indulge yourself with fresh fruit juice to boost your lunch or breakfast and invigorate yourself before you go on your next tropical adventure.
Rice & Beans – a match made in heaven
The national staple food of Costa Rica is rice and beans. This dish is entwined with the country’s history. The majority of the population worked in the fields and needed something healthy and hearty to power them through the hard farm work. The combination of rice and beans is packed with protein, but more affordable than eating meat, thus becoming an important meal for every day and is still the main filler for most meals.
The two ingredients come together to form separate dishes depending on the time of day, for breakfast, it’s called “Gallo Pinto” and is mostly served with scrambled eggs, meat, sour cream or bread. For lunch, it is called “Casado” (Casado literally translated as “married”, as rice and beans are inseparable, hence the name!) and is served with vegetables, some kind of meat (beef, chicken or fish), corn tortilla and salad. The Caribbean variation, “rice n’ beans”, is prepared with coconut milk and chilli, giving it a twist to the Costa Rican version.