Watercress cream with salted ribs and crispy corn. Shredded leg of goat on smoked cheese toast. Palm honey foam. Stew with watercress, cheese and greaves. This kitchen carries the essence of the islanders and their way of life. Cheese, almogrote, mojos, sweets, gofio, wine and palm honey make up the original and surprising flavors of island cuisine.
All these traditional products, the origins of which have been lost in time, are now made on our island by small businesses that help preserve the various agricultural landscapes and an original and unique cultural heritage.
The excellence of the sea that surrounds the island, the special plants and the unique way are the ingredients of their cuisine, simple and tasty. Typical dishes such as the watercress stew, served in bowls made of Sabina or Aceviño wood, are a unique culinary curiosity.
Cheese is one of the most valued products of the island’s gastronomy. It is made from raw goat milk or a mixture of goat and sheep milk. Its importance in Gomerian cuisine is reflected in the fact that it is the main ingredient in other products such as curd cakes and almogrote. The latter product is considered a true gastronomic jewel, both because of its excellent intense taste and because of its autochthonous character and its traditional, artisanal production.
Gofio is a flour made from cereal grains such as millet and wheat, sometimes mixed with barley or others. It is a product valued for both its excellent dietary properties and interesting gastronomic properties.
The most characteristic wines of the island are the white wines, straw yellow in color with intense varietal aromas, pleasant in the mouth, with a special body and bouquet. The red wines, with a beautiful ruby red color and fruity aromas, are soft and balanced. Since 2003 these wines have been protected by the designation of origin “Vinos de La Gomera”.
The great variety of Gomeran sweets has a broad and renowned reputation as a quality craftsmanship product. Rosquetes de Manteca, Torta de Bilana, Morones, Rosquetes de Vichi, Galletas … whose exquisite taste is the result of their careful and traditional production.
Palm honey is the queen of Gomerian cuisine, made from the juice (guarapo) of the Canarian palm, boiled and thickened. It is used in the preparation of desserts and cocktails or with various dishes such as fried milk. The palm honey is the most obvious and striking evidence of the close bond the people of La Gomera have with the palm, which has created a real culture associated with this tree.